I have recently heard and read so many stories about both believers and non-believers being hurt by someone who claims to be a Christian (it's not my place to judge what is in his or her heart). Can I just tell you....this infuriates me!!
I have been hurt by fellow believers. I have been through a painful church split. I have met numerous believers who do not live by Biblical principles and have seen them treat others poorly. I am guilty of screwing up as well - I'm sure I have hurt others in my sin.
To those who have been hurt by Christians:
Let me take this moment to say I'm sorry. I am sorry for the actions of other believers and myself that have caused you to turn away from God or think that His character is anything like that. You did not deserve that type of treatment or judgment. God is unconditionally loving and accepts you WHERE YOU ARE. Please do not judge God based on the actions of humans. We are all sinful beings, therefore, all humans act imperfectly though it should NEVER be used as an excuse. It is not okay for believers act in a sinful manner knowing that they'll be forgiven anyway.
God will deal with the person(s) that wronged you. Their actions are not a reflection of God's character. Here are some words that describe Him:
I hope that some of those words resonate with you. He is not judgmental. I know many Christians around the globe have taken Scripture out of context and used it as a weapon to hurt others and abuse them. That is wrong. Flat out...wrong.
Jesus loves you regardless of race, sexual orientation, political beliefs, or religion. There are many Biblical principles that may be against something you believe, but it doesn't change God's love for you. Grace is offered to everyone.
Know that as a follower of Jesus Christ, I love you for you.
To all believers:
Though your life/actions/behaviors are not a direct reflection of God, non-believers are watching you and judging our Lord and Savior based on those actions/behaviors. We all know that God's character is good and we are not, but we need to be aware of how we can affect someone else's journey in learning about God. We are held to a high standard by being one of His followers.
What is Scriptural? If you aren't sure what is "right" and "wrong", look it up! Don't be proclaiming something because it "sounds good" if you don't even know if it's Scriptural. My favorite resource for looking up topics is Bible Gateway.
Let's aim to show others the love of Christ rather than causing them to stumble (Matthew 18:6).
Love you all, my friends!! XOXO
I'm linking up with Cassie at Sage the Blog and Cassie at Living on Cloud Nine for In The Word Tuesday!