BY KRISSY FIELD
“Some of the meanest people I have ever known are Christians.”
How sad. Isn’t that sad? I have heard that statement many, many, times. Actually it probably rivals “I don’t go to church because it is full of hypocrites.” (Also a sad statement, but not the topic this time.) I’m going to be honest. I too have encountered some pretty mean Christians.
Right now, our country is in a state of upheaval, turmoil, disorder, etc. At least it seems to be. And, oh my goodness, we are getting mad about EVERYTHING. This includes Christians. All you have to do is scroll through social media for two minutes and the evidence is very clear.
Conservative Christians. I know there are things going on that you disagree with. I know there are things happening that are causing you to scratch your head and question everything you thought to be true. I know there are decisions being made that make you worry about your children’s futures. I know there are hot topics being discussed daily that get you riled up and ready for a fight.
And, that passion is great! But friends, we need to redirect that passion. I’m watching Christians be mean y’all. MEAN.
“But honor the Messiah as Lord in your hearts. Always be ready to give a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you. However, do this with gentleness and respect, keeping your conscience clear, so that when you are accused, those who denounce your Christian life will be put to shame.” 1 Peter 3:15-16 (HCSB)
I’m seeing a lot of people trying to honor the Lord, but the gentleness and respect is lacking. We (yes, myself included) are unintentionally falling prey to the enemy. In our crusade to show that we love the Lord and that we understand how things in our world SHOULD be, the devil is using us as tools to offend non-Christians and furthering their resolve that they don’t need “judgmental Jesus”.
“Then He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to the whole creation.” Mark 16:15 (HCSB)
This is our job as Christians. When we go out into the social media world and/or the real world, and choose to take an approach that is outside of kind and gentle to present the gospel, or our beliefs, people are going to continue to tune us out. When we choose to hurt others' feelings to make a point about our loving God, people are going to choose to not accept that love.
God wants none to perish. NONE. That includes homosexuals. And those who are transgender. And those with addictions. And racists. And even those who disagree with us politically. None.
Krissy Field lives in the great state of Texas where she is a little bit country and a little bit rock n' roll. She and her hilarious hubby Marty have two brilliant and beautiful children. While currently a teacher, Krissy has a wide variety of titles, both professionally and personally. She loves laughter, adventure, and most of all JESUS. You can find her on twitter at @krissymfield.