It was a cold rainy Sunday morning and my mom, step dad and I were walking to our car after getting out of church service. Our car had a flat tire. My parents were in the rain trying to fix the tire. As I was waiting, I was watching other families leave the church parking lot. It was odd to me, that the one place you would think people would offer to help, not one person asked if we were OK.
You know what bothers me? Hypocrites. I grew up in church and the whole time I would be told that we need to bring people to the church and we need to show the love of God to people outside of the church. As I grew up, and started to see the world, I stopped going to church. It seemed fake. The people I saw worshipping God and smiling to your face, were the same people that were so mean and judgmental. I also didn’t like that “Christians” shoved the Bible down people’s throats or told people they were going to hell because they had an abortion or they are homosexual. It pushed me away. I felt like that was not the way God wanted us to show His love.
Now, before I go any further, I want to establish: I am a Christian, I love Jesus with my whole entire heart and I would not be here today if it was not for His grace and love.
One of my best friends is gay. And he is SO dear to my heart. He brings joy and fun to my life, that I could not live without. In fact, many of my friends play for the other team. And I love them all tremendously.
I had a conversation with someone the other day and it really just left me angry. I am a very open-minded person, I will try to see your view. But what I won’t do, is tolerate ignorance. This person is very anti-homosexual. Once I watched this person shake hands with a friend of mine, who happens to be gay, and then immediately put hand sanitizer on. First of all, what. Second of all, excuse you? Third of all, please leave before I punch you in the face. I felt so bad that my friend saw that. I confronted the person and all they said was, “I don’t like germs.” Right. OK.
So, we had a conversation and he told me that it was not right for me to hang out with gay people and that makes me just as bad of a sinner as they are. In that moment, I prayed for him in my head. I prayed that he would go and really read the Bible again and have a come to Jesus meeting with himself. I prayed that he would reread the verses that illustrate Jesus having dinners with harlots, tax collectors and various type of sinners.
If showing love to people who are different than me is a sin, well then call me a sinner. Jesus and I will deal with that when I see Him at the gates.
It is people like him, that give Christians a bad name. No wonder people don’t know Jesus. Who would want to read the Bible, when someone calls them a sinner and that they’re going to hell?
NEWSFLASH: YOU’RE JUDGMENT IS A SIN. YOU THINKING THAT YOU ARE BETTER THAN PEOPLE WHO ARE DIFFERENT FROM YOU IS A SIN. YOU MAKING PEOPLE FEEL UNWORTHY AND SMALL IS A SIN.
My purpose in this world is not to shame people for their actions. I am not here to tell people if you get off course or if you aren’t fully aware with Jesus, your life is over and you have
no hope. I am not here to place judgment on anyone else. I am here to love. I am here to show grace just like Jesus shows us grace every day. Just because someone’s journey is very different from mine, does not give me the right to throw a stone. There was a time where I was so far away from Jesus and I broke His heart every day. Do you think He gave up on me? Do you think He spewed ugly words to me and made me feel less than? No. He showed me His love. And that is what we are put on this place to do.
NEWSFLASH: WE ARE ALL SINNERS. EVEN YOU HONEY.
You are not the judge of someone else’s journey. You can tell them your views and beliefs, but don’t be ignorant and make someone feel inadequate because they don’t want to live like you. What they do, is their journey.
So take a chill pill, and be nice.
Show Jesus’s love to the world, like He shows you His when you need Him.