“Jesus answered, “The foremost is, ‘Hear O Israel! The Lord our God is one Lord, and you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul and with all your mind, and with all your strength.’ The second is this, ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself’. There is no other commandment greater than these.” Mark 12:29-31
Christians are getting a bad reputation nowadays as whiners and haters, and unfortunately, when I read the newspaper and see things on social media, I understand why. Some Christians seem all too quick to completely disregard the teachings of Jesus and be hurtful, hateful, whiney and just down right…well…yucky is the only word I can think of right now.
I can tell you in short order a list of things that Christians hate based on what I see in the news and social media. And I’m betting you can too. Here’s a few:
- Christians hate gay people.
- Christians hate other religions.
- Christians hate Starbucks.
Yikes!! I’m lumped into this word, “Christian” and I don’t hate any of those things or people! Some Christians are screaming so loudly at the world over sins in the bible that are personal to them, they are completely overlooking that Jesus told us to love everybody. And not just love as in be fond of, love as in unconditionally. These people are obsessed with making sure that we all know where they stand on an issue and in the process, they are being anything but loving. In my opinion, they are an embarrassment and I wish they would stop.
Now, let me just say that loving someone unconditionally is not that same thing as agreeing with someone. Christians have to get that point really clear in their minds. As a parent, I won’t always agree with what my child(ren) does, but I will always give unconditional love. Same is true in life, as a Christian, you don’t have to agree but you do have to unconditionally love. I see far too many Christians who have completely and utterly missed this point and they are destroying Christianity in the process. Stop taking every little opposition to the bible so personally, God is able to prove Himself and His Word. Start doing what He’s already told you to do: love.
Today, I want to reclaim the word, “Christian” and have it represent its namesake, Christ. A novel idea I know. As a Christian, I am a follower of Jesus, a disciple, and I am a human who makes loads of mistakes and is forgiven. I try every moment of every day to live as Jesus did and love everyone around me and I don’t always do a good job and when I do make a mistake, I ask for forgiveness. I read the bible regularly to make sure that what my life looks like aligns with what God’s Word says it should look like. Here’s how Jesus tells us to approach the world:
- You shall love your neighbor as yourself. – Matthew 22:39
- Love your enemy and pray for those who persecute you. – Matthew 5:44
The word love in these two verses are both forms of the word, agape. Agape love is a selfless and unconditional type of love. Agape love would never hate, never hurt and never be rude. Agape love would be caring, nurturing and sacrificing. These are the traits we are to exhibit as Christians, not loud and obnoxious behavior. I don’t want to be around those types of Christians any more than anyone else does!
Here’s the thing, my fellow followers of Christ, if you are walking as a true disciple and trying to love as many people as possible, then you have to make up for the people who are calling themselves “Christians” but not acting like it. That’s unfortunate but that’s the truth. Christians are hurting people left and right and if we are going to act as Jesus told us to, we have to reclaim Christianity through unchained love. Stop telling everybody what you’re against and start telling everybody what you’re for! I’m for love. I’m for God. I’m for the people around me. What are you for?
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