i’m stepping out of my comfort zone. going outside the lines of denomination as i search for something…not quite sure what, or why. i just know that i’m tired of being so critical and always seeing things a certain way.
a judgmental spirit has been something i constantly struggle with. criticism saturated my environment growing up, so i have made a concerted effort in changing my perception of people, of ideals, of circumstances…of everything.
but i can’t help but notice how some Christians are so quick to debate, carry picket signs, jump on bandwagons, and follow the loudest voice, or the strongest movement…
i’ve had to be careful of trends. they’ve led me astray, and caused me to fall into false lines of thinking. it’s enough living in each moment and being faithful to the truth God has given us, and it’s enough realizing that you aren’t defined by the spotlighted stands you take, but by how you live day to day, moment to moment. you’re defined how you live in the drudgery, when no one is looking. that’s harder than taking any kind of so-called “stand.”
how can people come to really know Christ?
through a protest? by a sign saying, “accept Christ or die and burn in hell”? in a debate over the latest hot button issue? through tracts, bumper stickers or t-shirts?
people come to know Christ by people who are truly reflecting Him in their lives. Christ lived what He preached.
Christ did not condone sin, or deny it existed. He died in our place. He paid the penalty for it. but when people were armed and ready to condemn a sinner, He was quick to remind them to look within. He broke bread with the people the religious bunch condemned.
we are all broken. we all sin. as Christians, we should be more conscious of that than anyone. all of the love, grace and mercy that has been poured into us should be overflowing into every area of our lives.
i think people are more likely to hear you when you don’t say anything at all. live it.
who are you?