It is my desire for you to live a Christ-centered life. Your father is the spiritual head of our home and he prays over us and for us each night. We speak about Christ in our daily lives and I actively encourage you to pursue Christ in all aspects of your lives. But there is something that is happening in the Christian sect that deeply disturbs me. It’s the judgment that seems to pour out of Christians like water pouring from a vase or foul language from your mother’s lips. Neither are going to change, I’m afraid. I try to not cuss, but since I don’t smoke, do drugs, eat, drink consistently or run around on your dad, sailor-talk is my vice.
Let me be clear…..YOU’RE not allowed to have foul language. Hypocritical? Probably. But this is one of those times I get to pull the parental trump card. Just because I do it, it DOES NOT give you license. Accept it. That rule isn’t ever going to change. But that’s not what I wanted to talk to you about.
There is a large population of “church-going”, Sunday-best wearin’, Bible reading, and judgment-preaching Christians that seem to have a fairly loud voice. They attend the homeschool academy you attend, they are in our small groups, they write on blogs and feverishly post on Facebook and in editorials. And they seem to thrive on making sure we are clear on what sin looks like and who’s doing it. Homosexuals seem to be the current punching bag, but nothing is really off limits. I just read several responses in regards to the Le Mis. film that just came out and how the main character’s descent into prostitution was so foul that they could not EVER imagine allowing their children to watch that movie.
I’m not sure how to tell you this, so I am going to just come out with it. You are a sinner. Yep. Every day, no matter how much you pray or how hard you try, you my little miscreants…..are sinners. It’s kind of a past, present, future type thing. You HAVE sinned, you ARE sinning and you WILL BE sinning. It’s how God made us. Imperfect. And do you know why? Because GOD is perfect and if WE were perfect, would we need him? Nope, we wouldn’t. But as sinners, created to imperfect and to fail, we are to look to God for ways to be better, to do better, to love better, to be kind, to show mercy and grace, to have compassion. But Christians, not all but many, seem to find cold comfort in pointing out and highlighting the sin and failure of others. Because somehow, when they point out the sin in others, their own sin seems somehow diminished or less consequential. But what it really elevates is the hateful, petty, small-mindedness of humanity.
Just because someone is sinning differently than you, their sin is not bigger or worse than yours. Be VERY careful to not sit in judgment of others. It makes you mean and as unChrist-like as you can get.
There is a quote that says “To love is to see the face of God.” Meditate on that. Look deeply within yourselves. Be the person that Christ compels you to be, not the petty Christian who feels the need to walk on the backs of the down-trodden. Remember, the righteous always feel righteous…..even when they are wrong. But hold this truth in your heart and guard it well, it is NEVER wrong to show love, mercy and compassion. Leave the judgment to Christ. He knows way more than we ever will.
I love you,