I'm a Christian, But...
Black Lives Matter
If any of these words or phrases upset you and/or raised your blood pressure (in my best Jeff Foxworthy voice) you might be a part of the problem and not the solution.
I want to preface this post by stating that I am not a democrat. I am not a republican. I didn't vote for Obama, McCain, Clinton, or Trump. I am not liberal. I am not conservative.
I was driving with my son in the car when he asked, "Did you know that Dad can drive and not yell at the other drivers?" My first reaction was to come back with a, "Well did you know that your dad is late every single place he goes?"I refrained.
But I mean, the kid wasn't wrong. When my first response to someone cutting me off or almost causing an accident is to lay on my horn and not stomp on my breaks I may possibly have a problem.
A few months ago I had quite a health scare. I was in a dead panic. I was alone with my youngest and had no way to get to the emergency room. I had no choice but to drive myself and my three year old son. Looking back I realize how unsafe and just plain crazy that was. I was endangering not just Link and I, but other drivers as well. It was pretty much a straight shot, but there were several stop lights. At one point, because there was only one lane, I passed a car from the turn lane and drove through a red light.
Later when the crisis was averted I had the most ridiculous no-brained epiphany. (Commence the eye rolls forthwith). I realized that some of the unsafe and annoying drivers might possibly, themselves, be having a medical emergency. Or maybe they're distracted because one of their children or loved ones are in crisis. Maybe they're just distracted by everyday problems. They have their own problems? What?!
I bring this up because I realized that we never know what's going on in someone else's life.
It catches on and devours everything in its wake. If we're not careful it can and will envelop us all.
How many of us have found ourselves in heated arguments on social media about something someone said that offended us? It is very easy to read a comment or tweet from a random stranger (or friend) and react. I am so guilty of this. I am guilty of making the wrong assumptions and contributing to the madness. I am guilty of making the right assumptions and contributing to the madness.
I've actually had to take a break and really reflect on the motives that were driving my angry responses. I've had to ask myself if what I was saying was in any way helpful or if it was my selfish and wounded heart lashing out at unwitting offenders. I'd guess 7/10 times were the latter. I am ashamed of myself.
I am a Christian. I used to have no problem saying this. I will never be ashamed of my relationship with God. I am saved by God's grace alone because Jesus died for my sins on the cross. He is everything to me.
So why now does the word "Christian" reluctantly leave my lips?
Because now, to some, it goes hand in hand with hate, bigotry, and intolerance. To some, it comes with a feeling of entitlement to tell others how to live their lives. Some stand so high on their laurels that they've actually lost sight of God altogether. This grieves my entire being. And it grieves God.
No really, what would Jesus do? Would Jesus walk down a street with a sign that says, "God hates fags" or "White Pride"? Would He get on Facebook and Twitter and call someone an idiot or worse because He disagrees with what they say? Would He see the color of a person's skin and decide that they aren't worthy of His love? Would He begrudgingly give to help those in need while openly condemning them for being "lazy." Would He ever call someone a "welfare whore?"
Let's break this down to one person, shall we? Imagine said person is standing in front of two doors. Door 1 is heaven. Door 2 is hell. Now what if God says to you that for the low, low price of $19.99 you can give this person door 1 to spend an eternity in heaven. Would you really walk away with your cool crisp $20 and damn that person to hell? Are your tax dollars really worth turning others away from Christ? Because if I were struggling and saw or read judgemental and hateful comments from a person who calls him/herself a Christian I wouldn't want any part of Christianity or God by extension.
What if God gave you the power to choose just who to send to hell? Would you damn someone who is LGBTQ? Or maybe an unwed mother? How about the democrat right next door? Or the feminist who disagrees with you on abortion rights? Or the Muslim who sits in front of you on a bus every morning? Or people protesting for black lives? (Yes, all lives matter, but the fact that we even need this movement in this day and age is inexcusable. Minorities have every right to be angry. They are treated differently by many). Are their souls worth less to you? Because in God's eyes only love abounds God loves all of his children equally and if we Christians are grumbling and passing judgment we are adamantly slamming the door to heaven in their faces.
Because the complaints, condemnation, and hate do just that. If the world isn't seeing God in what we are saying or writing we are doing it wrong. I'll say it again. CHRISTIANS ARE DOING IT WRONG.
The Bible is clear...
"Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight, O LORD, my rock and my redeemer." ~Psalm 19:14
Is it really so hard to see others through God's eyes and stop judging those we disagree with? If it is I pray that he opens our eyes and opens our hearts. Isn't even one soul worth it?
How much of yourself, your money, your pride, your righteous indignation is worth it to you? How do you want the world to see you? To see God? 2017 has brought with it hurricanes, earthquakes, wild fires, tsunamis, tornadoes, you name it. Everything going on right now points directly to the end times. The signs are there and are blatantly obvious. Jesus is coming back soon and it will be too late for many. Our earthly purpose, above all else, is to bring others to Christ. It is no longer enough to just call yourself a Christian. It really never has been. We are supposed to live our lives with compassion, humility, and selflessness. Sure, you may get into heaven, but how many souls are you willing and able to take with you?
It' is now time to decide.
The choice is yours.
Do you want to be right
...or do you want to be used?