I want to apologize up front if this post comes across a little stronger than usual. Time is short. People are dying. As a Church, we need to take a long, hard look into the mirror, and figure out real quick-like how we are representing the word, Christian.
It’s not our job to change people. Let’s start with that.
We sow seeds. Sometimes, we get the amazing opportunity to water those seeds. God brings the increase. God, through the transforming work of the Holy Spirit, brings conviction into people’s hearts. He brings change.
We’ve got to stop thinking everyone is wrong if they don’t believe exactly as we do. To put it quite simply…that doesn’t matter at all.
We need to stop debating with atheists, agnostics, and Mormons. We need to stop boycotting every single business that supports gay marriage. We need to stop pointing out everyone’s faults.
And we most certainly need to stop saying, “Loving people means speaking truth”, when it’s used as the ammunition in our judgmental weapons.
I’ve come to the point now where I don’t even look at the comments section on any controversial blog posts or articles. Especially those found on Christian sites. It’s utterly ridiculous to see people arguing and fighting among themselves in the name of Christianity. It literally makes me sick to my stomach. And I used to be one of the very same people I’m writing about today.
To be blunt…we need to get over ourselves.
Why have we reduced the Gospel to not loving people just because of what they do? How they decide to live their life? How they dress? The words they use? Who they marry? Whether or not they have tattoos? The songs they sing? Because they smoke or drink? The movies they watch?
Jesus looked straight into the eyes of the soldiers hammering nails into His hands and feet, and asked His Father to forgive them. If there was one man on this entire planet who had every right to be ticked off, offended, and hurt, it was Jesus. He didn’t even entertain those thoughts, because He chose to deny Himself and become love personified.
Why do we have this pressing need to always be right, and argue our point to the bitter end? Why do we get so easily offended by non-believers? Why are we walking around hurt by others? Why are we hand picking those we decide to love?
I know why. It’s because we’re still holding on to our rights.
If we truly want to follow Christ, we have to give up every single right we think we have. We have to give up everything we were never created to be in the first place. Die. To. Self
Jesus didn’t say deny the devil and follow Him. He said to deny ourselves.
Stop trying to be judge, jury, and executioner. Stop telling people they are wrong. Stop using scriptures out of context to prove a point. Stop assuming just because a person smokes, they hate God. Stop telling people you love them while expecting something in return. Stop denying people service in your restaurant because of their beliefs or sexual preferences. Stop going into a church building every week because it’s the Christian thing to do. Stop asking God to change people because it would make a situation more comfortable for you.
Stop trying to be anything other than love personified.