WHY DO CHRISTIANS HAVE TO BE SO LAME?
Why do Christians have to be so lame?
I’m telling you, there are some real dud Christians out there. There are Christians who bash others because of religious preference, sexual preference, political preference, choice of clothing or hairstyle or body art. There are Christians who criticize others because of their parenting style, lack of generosity, choice of music, whether or not you go to church, where you stand on abortion, or what neighborhood you live in. You name it, there are Christians out there who will go to great lengths to make sure you know your sinfulness, make sure you know how wrong you are, and make sure everyone else knows it as well.
UGH! All I can say is forgive us.
You see, I am a Christian. I have Democrat friends, Republican friends, gay friends, straight friends, black friends, Native American friends, Christian friends, non-Christian friends, tattooed and pierced friends, friends who drink, friends who cuss like sailors, friends who vote other than I do, wealthy friends, welfare friends, depressed friends, friends in therapy, divorced friends, friends who’ve had abortions, and on and on. I choose to love these people. I even choose to do life with them.
Here’s the thing…My identity in Christ doesn’t give me the upper hand on any of these folks. My identity in Christ doesn’t give me any authority to condemn other people just because they choose to do life differently than I. My identity in Christ doesn’t mean that I’m better, smarter, nicer, richer, saner, wiser, or more right than anyone else.
Unfortunately, however, there are Christians who firmly believe that if you do life differently than they do, you’re wrong and they’re right. We call ourselves Christians (Christ followers), yet our actions sometimes don’t resemble Christ at all. Again, why do Christians have to be so lame?
Let me enlighten those who are still reading… The world doesn’t get better by Christians going on the attack of everyone “different” than they are. The world gets better when Christians choose to embrace and live out what Jesus taught. And what Jesus taught wasn’t rocket science:
- Love your neighbor as much as you love yourself. (Matthew 19:19)
- Love your enemies and pray for the folks who do you wrong. (Matthew 5:44)
- Do good to the people who don’t like you at all. (Luke 6:27)
- Lend to your enemies without expecting to get anything back. (Luke 6:35)
- Love…other…people…(PERIOD). (John 13:34)
- Forgive people. (Mark 11:25)
- Don’t judge. (Luke 6:37)
- Be merciful. (Luke 6:36)
- Turn the other cheek. (Matthew 5:39)
- Be reconciled to others. (Matthew 5:24)
- Treat people like you want to be treated. (Matthew 7:12)
In the words of The Lumineers:
Love, we need it now
Let’s hope for some
Cause oh, we’re bleeding out
Indeed, we’re bleeding out. The world is bleeding out. And Christians standing in condemnation of others just perpetuates the hemorrhaging.
To all my Christian brothers and sisters out there, stop being so lame! See others through eyes of Jesus. Have some compassion. Dole out some mercy. Lighten up on holding others in contempt of your judgmental court. Embrace humility. Serve somebody. Reach out. Be generous. Love the unlovable. Grab some grace and spread it thick.
Stop the hemorrhaging.
Stop being so lame!
LOVE like Jesus … LIVE like Jesus!