Wednesday, 15 April 2009
Fellow Christians, I think most of us need to take a step back, and look at what we're doing. Because it is us, not the unsaved, that are breaking God's heart right now. And it's breaking my heart too. I can't just sit back and let it continue.
My whole post could almost be summed up by the following:
Matthew 22:37-39 (NIV): Jesus replied: "'Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind'. This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: 'Love your neighbor as yourself.'"
Jesus lived a life of love, why can't we?
I understand that you want non-Christians to come to know God; I do too, believe me. But, I just think certain people (though certainly not everyone) are going about this completely wrong. If you live your life in love, the way you were taught (by Christ), people could possibly see it, catch on, realize that you have something they want, maybe even something they need. Don't you want them to see what is different in you?
However, if you go around constantly judging people for all the wrong that they are doing, what on earth makes you think that they are going to want to come to God? What would make it attractive to them? How will it help them to see the light? And besides all that, we weren't put here on earth to judge. It's not our job.
Now, don't get me wrong... I think correcting a fellow Christian in love, is certainly something we can (and should) do. But that is completely different from telling someone who isn't a Christian that they are living all wrong. In their eyes, they aren't. And there is no way that you're going to convince them otherwise until God works a miracle in their heart just as he did in your heart.
Also, I'm not saying you can't share your faith, there is nothing wrong with that, in fact, we're called to do so. But we aren't called to FORCE it on to people. Not everyone is going to come to Jesus immediately when they find out about him. Sometimes all you can do is gently plant the seed. Share your faith and hope they understand, or that one day they will. Pray for them. But don't yell at them. Don't fight with them. What good will it do?
I know that I'm not the only one who feels this way (here is another great entry on the subject). I in no way claim to be better than anyone else. I just want what's best for God and God's people. I just want us to be a better reflection of who he is.
I feel that God's heart is breaking. Let's all take a good long look at our own lives, try to grow closer to Christ in relationship, and by doing so, live a life of love.