I continue to be surprised by the posts that many of my Christian counterparts put up on Facebook and Twitter that really make all of us Jesus followers sound so condemning, judgmental, and plain hateful.
Yep, we’re called to live holy lives, looking like a child of our Holy God (1 Peter 1:15-16); but not “holier than thou”.
Our Jesus-like lifestyle of blessing, accepting, and loving those who don’t deserve it should scream the truth of who Jesus is and how badly our Creator wants to be back in relationship with those He created. Our life actions should be speaking louder than our words. And when the opposite is true – no one is listening.
Our lives and words (both in real time and on the Internet) should communicate how approachable our Messiah is – even in our brokenness. Remember Peter’s teaching: “You must worship Christ as Lord of your life. And if someone asks about your Christian hope, always be ready to explain it.” (1 Peter 3:15)
So all of us Jesus followers have a choice to make:
We can AVOID outsiders we don’t agree with, or CONDEMN them so they avoid us, or we can RELATE to them because we all have sinful brokenness in common.
Jesus kept us here in this world, and sent us to live among the people of the world so that they would believe that the Father loves them as much as He loves Jesus.
“I’m not asking You to take them out of the world, but to keep them safe from the evil one. Just as you sent Me into the world, I am sending them into the world. May they experience such perfect unity that the world will know that You sent Me and that You love them as much as you love Me.” John 17:15, 18, 23.
Which message do your words and life actions communicate? Hide, Attack, or Seek.