It’s true. I’m proud to be a Christian, represent Jesus Christ and proclaim The Gospel that has forever transposed my life. But while I’m all “for” Christianity and the progression of The Gospel, I can honestly say that the way some Christians act breaks my heart. It’s something that keeps me up at night. This is my struggle.
I’m not really sure what it derives from. Maybe it’s the “God hates fags” picket signs being somehow justified by interpretation of biblical text, or the extreme judgment that comes from most self-proclaimed cross bearers when someone in the public eye fails. Regardless, I have a really hard time liking some Christians. I sometimes wonder, “God, why do you allow these people to represent you?”
I often wonder why pastors choose to bash the failures of public figures and use them as examples for sermon illustrations, or why Christian bloggers think it’s OK to spew personalized hatred toward someone for sake of clicks. Or better yet, why some churches find themselves bashing one another all because “they’re just not like us.” I understand we’re all entitled to an opinion, but that doesn’t mean our opinions have to be shared with cruelty and rashness. It can all be done in love and sincerity. And while I understand that not all Christians have chosen to act this way, there is a great percentage of them that do. It’s disheartening. It’s a tiny flame that spreads like a wildfire.
• Don’t like the way “that church” worships? That’s fine, but don’t be cruel and think your church is better because of it.
• Your congregation prefers exegetical teaching as opposed to topical? Wonderful, but keep your judgments aside when noticing a church who does things differently. They’re reaching a different crowd.
• Have you chosen a life that does not include the consumption of alcohol? That’s very honorable of you, but don’t be arrogant enough to proclaim that someone who drinks alcohol is going to hell.
• Don’t like tattoos? More power to you, but don’t you wave your finger at someone and tell them that they’re an abomination to God because of their decision to ink their skin.
• Have you chosen to abstain from prescription medication? That’s your decision, but keep your judgment of one’s true faith if someone who is suffering from depression decides to seek medication from a licensed psychiatrist.