You know, someone once said that it is better to have loved and lost, then never to have loved at all. And that may be true. But to love God and lose sight of him could have a devastating effect on those who have never loved God, particularly those who watch how you live your life. Whether you know it or not, you are a role model.
As Christians, we are supposed to set a standard; we are commissioned to represent Christ here on earth. We are to be living, breathing, walking WWJD bracelets, always responding as our Lord Jesus would, at least, to the best of our ability. We should be setting a good example and leading others to Christ.
But when lost souls see us cussing, gossiping, telling dirty jokes, dressing without modesty, hurting others, lying, stealing, cheating, and spreading hate, what reason have we given them to become a Christian? Why would anyone want to give up their lifestyle for Jesus, if his own followers won’t give up theirs?
When non-Christians hear about Christians having casual sex, getting drunk at parties, or cussing somebody out, then all they see is somebody who thinks that they can be “saved” and still act like they aren’t. So why would anyone bother?
A pastor from Calvary of Albuquerque once said that the biggest enemy of the Christian witness is not wiccans, not atheists, not Satan himself, but instead, a carnal Christian—a Christian who doesn’t live like one.
Then, from the other side of the spectrum, there are many Christians who are working more “on fire” than they are working “in love.”
When a Christian sees an unbeliever doing something wrong and then disowns that person, what “love” are they showing? When a group of Christians rent a time to preach to the masses and wind up preaching “hell, fire and brimstone” about how homosexuals are going to hell because they are sinners, then what will happen to those listening? Do we really expect them to throw up their hands, say, “Okay. We give up!” and accept Jesus into their hearts?
My challenge to you is to not be a carnal Christian, but to be a Christian who non-Christians will see and then ask themselves, “What do they have, and how can I get it?” On the same token, be a Christian who preaches, witnesses, and corrects in love, not hate.
We need to start doing one specific thing and stop doing one specific thing.
First, we need to start living by the standards God set in the Bible. Of course, we are none of us perfect. We 100% WILL screw this up from time to time. We will make mistakes. But, ultimately, we know if our focused is on Jesus or not. It should always be. Our lives should be so focused on doing good in the name of our Heavenly Father that it permeates every aspect of our lives.
Second, we need to stop expecting the world to live by the standards of God set in the Bible. We all know that God wants us to do the right things and keep from sinning. But the world doesn’t. It knows that we, as Christians, want them to stop sinning, which is defined by the Christian faith, which they do not belong to.
If someone is living a homosexual lifestyle, if someone is gossiping, if someone is drinking far too much, if a couple is having sex before marriage, if… on and on and on… then, yes, they are sinning.
But not to them, they’re not.
And I don’t presume to speak for God, but I would think that right now, his main focus is not an unbeliever’s take on abortion or choice in life partner. I think his main focus is that person’s heart, that person’s soul.
I would think that the ONLY sin God is focusing on in an unbeliever is the sin of unbelief!
I mean, don’t we Christians always say that God wants you to “come as you are” to salvation, then work on you afterward?
So, why are we wasting time hating everyone who disagrees with us when we should be showing them the love of Christ? Isn’t it the ONLY thing that really matters?
My heart is changing lately. God is showing me a new sense of compassion towards people we now deem as enemies.
There should be a Christian uprising in America. But not one of trying to dig and claw our way back to the days of our forefathers. (It just isn’t going to happen, people. That much should be very clear.)
This should be an uprising of love.
Let love be the movement. Show everyone Jesus. The Jesus who turned tables, chased with whips, and was sarcastic and angry towards the religious people who claimed to represent God but were too focused on what they themselves thought was important. And the Jesus who showed nothing but love and compassion to the broken, the sinners, the thieves, the prostitutes, and even the soldiers who nailed him to the cross.