More often than not, people aren’t rejecting our message. They’re rejecting us.
That flies in the face of what I’m supposed to say. In the Christian world, we’re told that we shouldn’t take it personally when we share the Gospel or other Biblical truth with unbelievers, and they reject what we say. It’s not our fault. They’re just not ready to receive the “truth.”
I wish that were true.
But too often I see Christians act like complete jerks to the world around them, and then wonder why people don’t care what we say. I see it on TV. I read on blogs. And the posts on Facebook that get the most “likes” and “shares” are often those that are the most abrasive.
Perhaps we should think about what we say, before we say it.
“I like your Christ, but I do not like your Christians. Your Christians are so unlike your Christ.” – Mahatma Gahndi
There’s a billboard outside the city limits where I live. The canvas is white and in large black letters, it reads, “The fool has said in his heart there is no God.” Nothing else. No relational investment and no mention of God’s immeasurable grace—just Scripture used to insult non-believers.
Church, the world is watching us. They see the articles we float around the Internet, they read our billboards and bumper stickers, and for many outside of the Body, they feel one thing with crushing weight: judgment. There is no invitation in condemnation and no love in passive-aggressive battles fought along the lines of a newsfeed. We were never commissioned to demand that secular culture reflect biblical principles. We were commissioned to reflect biblical principles in the middle of secular culture, pointing to God’s redemptive story.
For many, the legacy being written does not point to Jesus. If the world will know we are His disciples by our love, but Christians are instead characterized by judgment, we will not be known as disciples of Christ but as hypocrites, much like the Pharisees that came before.
SOURCE: Relevant Magazine
Christians Shouldn’t Be Culture’s Morality Police