Let me tell you a little bit about where my heart is right now.
I’ve been a dedicated follower of Christ since a very young age, and like many millennials I know, I have a very tender heart for the least of these.
Because of this, I often find myself struggling to put my thoughts and feelings into words and frequently end up in scuffles with my fellow believers on social media (and even sometimes in person).
The truth is, right now, I’m just so beyond angry /hurt /grief stricken with what people calling themselves followers of Christ are doing to everyone around them.
I’m tired of the hate, and the judgement, and the insolent self-righteousness and hypocrisy of the Church right now.
The Holy Spirit is filling my very soul with fiery passion for the brokenness of mankind that I can feel the weight of his love and mercy struggling to break out into the streets. But so many “christians” are running around spreading hate and fear where they have no place or right to judge.
God Almighty is the creator, and he alone can judge the hearts and actions of his creation.
Again and again so-called leaders of the faith have twisted and misused the word of God to oppress other humans, time and again we have mistreated and abused entire people groups – justifying it to ourselves as some sort of judicial mission from God. But we’re wrong.
Christ did not come to condemn, but to save. Not to cut off, but to reconcile.
Whether it’s native peoples, blacks, muslims, homosexuals, refugees, transgender persons, single mothers, drug addicts, prostitutes, the poor, the homeless, criminals, and thieves… do we really think that God put us here to admonish, control, ostrisize, and punish them?
He sent he Son of Man as an example, to show us how to be merciful and graceful and loving in obedience to the Father, literally unto death.
But we are too busy pointing out the faults in others to get low enough to become the hands and feet of Christ.
We’re too busy hating people who aren’t like us and trying to dehumanize them or categorize them as some sort of “other” to be feared and reproached.
The sheer arrogance with which my fellow christians dismiss and condemn other humans is exactly the sort of behavior for which Christ reserved his venom: the Pharisees with filthy cup hearts and holy exteriors.
We are on the wrong side of the story.
We are picking up rocks looking for adulterers to stone.
We’re crossing the street to protect ourselves from the bloodied foreigner.
Instead, we should be picking up a towel and a basin of water and looking for a way to lovingly serve, without asking for anything in return.
So yes, when I see somebody post anything along the lines of: “they shouldn’t have done that, and they deserved what they got” or “so and so is a sinner because…” I start strapping on my armor to wade in and defend the downtrodden.
I pray every day that Christ will make his will complete in me, that he will pour out his flawless wisdom on me, and show me how to be more like him.
But in the meantime, I will always side with the oppressed.
Because that’s what Jesus would do.
Remember you are loved,
P.S. I am here if you want to talk. I’m still working on my active listening skills, but I promise to do the best I can and not shout you down or argue with you. If you want to drop me a line, check out my Contact Me page.