This was my Facebook status earlier today.
Why should it truly matter if people say Xmas or Happy Holidays? If we’re fighting that, it just reveals that we are moved by what people do or say. Stop shouting “Keep Christ in Christmas” and “He is the reason for the season.” If we’re saying those things while judging others, our witness is a big fat zero. Live a life that demonstrates God is on the throne of your heart. Walk in love.
As believers, we get so caught up in what this world is doing, that we tend to forget about why we’re actually in the world.
In Matthew 24, Jesus talks about the end of the world, the last days. Verse 12 says,
And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold.
I’ve always assumed that verse is talking about people who aren’t saved.
What if He’s talking about believers?
It’s a very sobering thought. In simple terms, “iniquity shall abound” means there will be a lot of sin. Well, look around. It’s pretty obvious that’s happening.
And the more people sin, the more judgement they receive. And sadly, it’s usually from those claiming to be Christians.
It’s becoming less and less shocking to read through comments about a controversial topic on someone’s blog, and the worst remarks are left by Christians. Argumentative, arrogant, holier than though, and sometimes just straight up spewing hate towards others.
We spend so much time being right, that we forget God has created us to love people.
I brought up some points on Tuesday with my post, Stop trying to prove God exists.
We have to stop taking things so personal. We act as if homosexuals, atheists, Buddhists, and agnostics are our problem. News flash: THEY AREN’T. Our biggest problem is us. We have to get over us, and follow Jesus.
If God acted like us and allowed everything bad on this Earth to affect Him, He would be a complete basket case. I’m pretty sure He would have to be admitted to a psych ward. He isn’t capable of freaking out, not just because He’s God, but because He is love.
If we are walking in relationship with our Father, we aren’t going to care what people say or do. It shouldn’t ruffle our feathers or influence our attitude in any way. We don’t have to jump on the boycott bandwagon or write a million letters to our senator.
If you squeeze an orange, you are going to get orange juice. If you squeeze an apple, apple juice. Too often, a Christian gets squeezed, and everything but Jesus comes out. Hurt, anger, frustration, judgement.
Let’s not allow ourselves to be hurt by the world. Let’s hurt for the world, and show them Jesus.