Some Christians don’t act Christian at all.
I would just like to vent for a few minutes. Please bear with me – this will most definitely be beneficial for myself, and it may even prove to be somewhat helpful for you too.
You know what really irks me? Christians who don’t act like Christians at all. Why? Because I used to be one. I don’t like when people set themselves up as holy judges and execute spiritual verdicts on people when they’ve never walked in their shoes or shut their mouths long enough to listen to their struggles. The holy judgers take peoples’ questions and treat them like the asker’s absolute doctrine – when in all reality, all they were looking for in the first place was an honest answer for their inquiries.
Who gave you permission to judge? Who gave you permission to condemn who you know nothing about? Who gave you the go-ahead to speak with hate and insults to those who don’t believe exactly the same as you? You are not perfect! “Thou hypocrite, first cast out the beam out of thine own eye” (Matt. 7:5a).
I was perusing through different blogs and discussion forums when I came across someone asking a question. I don’t know if this was a legit question, or if this person really was mocking Jesus, being completely sarcastic, and attempting to cause problems. I don’t know. But what I do know is that the response given by this “pastor” on the site was completely out of line:
Dear God-mocking Maggot;
Thank you for taking the time out of your busy schedule of worshiping Satan and orally servicing anyone with a dollar to post this hateful message. The Holy Bible tells us that we are actually blessed by your persecution! Thanks for proving that we’re right.
Enjoy hell. I know that Jesus and I can’t wait to watch you burn in hell for all eternity. Oh, how we’ll laugh at you as you scream in agony! Shout Glory!!
Yours in Christ,
— P. E.
“Jesus and I can’t wait to watch you burn in hell”…?
“We’ll laugh at you as you scream in agony”…?
Is not the call on Christians to share the Gospel, obey the will of the Father, and be Christ-like in our words and actions? Did I misunderstand the Word of God when He told us to speak the truth in love (Eph. 4:15a)? Was God joking when He had the penman write down I Corinthians 13?
A couple days ago someone posted a status on facebook calling homosexuals “unnatural, wicked beasts.” Alright, I agree with the “unnatural” and the “wicked” – all sinners are wicked; all Christians are wicked; we’re all human, and until we are complete in Heaven the flesh will continue to war with the spirit.
Name-calling is not Christ-like – argue what you will. Jesus called people “vipers,” and “foxes,” and He even called Peter “Satan.” I got that. But you’re not Jesus – not even close.
I responded to this status as graciously as I could muster. Your chances of winning the lost to Jesus Christ are far greater if you deal with them in grace and compassion. They are sinners, unknowledged in the things of God – they don’t know any better. It is true that the Scripture says in I Corinthians 6 that fornicators, idolaters, adulterers, thieves, coveters, drunks and many others will not inherit the kingdom of God. But we would do well to remember what Paul – who himself claimed to be the “chief of sinners” (I Tim. 1:15) – said directly after that: “And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God” (I Cor. 6:11).
Apart from the grace of God, we would be no different than all these other people you call “beasts,” “stupid,” and “idiots.” And such were some of you!
My comment drew a couple people into a discussion. Here are some snippets from their comments:
“Yeah, there should be compassion, but let me put it like this. To love something is to hate anything that is contrary to it. If you love God… you will hate sinners.
…the reason you people are so watered down and limp-wristed and think that God loves everyone and that we should love the sinner and hate just the sin is pure indisputable PROOF that you don’t read your Bible that God gave you.
…Why are we to love the sinner and hate the sin… we ought to hate both. I know God hated me before he saved me.” – M. W.
God does not hate sinners. God loves sinners. You cannot say that God hates sinners and then quote Romans 5:8 and John 3:16. Proverbs 10:12 states, “Hatred stirreth up strifes: but love covereth all sins.” Christ did not cleanse us with His blood because of His hate for us. He died for sinners because of His love for them!
II Peter 3:9 testifies that He is long-suffering; He is gracious. I John 4:8 says that He is love: “He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love.” We, as Christians, have lost our grace. We have lost the wonder of forgiveness and longsuffering. We have lost sight of what the Lord has saved us from – from what we once were before His transforming grace touched our lives. God help us.
“HATE and HATRED is the Christian way to save beastly, wicked, evil, demonic, satanic, godless, sodomistic, cross-dressing, un-manly, homosexual, skin-exposing, Christmas-celebrating, ignorant, stupid, idiotic sinners from sinning even more.” – M. S.
I’m sorry, Sir, but you’re wrong. God has not commanded us to hate others. Yes, hate the sin, but love the sinner. You are, in fact, a sinner yourself. Did someone show hate to you? Did someone get in your face and shout and point and shred your life apart with their words while attempting to share the Gospel with you? Is that what compelled you to accept Christ as your Savior? I’m going to go out on a limb here and say probably not. While that may work on someone once in a great while, that is not the method most people will respond to.
It’s the judgemental, hate-filled, ungracious “Christians” that give the rest of those in the faith a bad name. You are not being Christ-like in your words and actions. You are not showing forth the grace of our Father. You are not letting your light shine before men. You are ever-darkening the light that other Christians are striving so hard to show forth. People are going to look at the hate you spew from your mouth and the attitudes your actions posess and say, “If that is what Christianity is all about, no thank you… I want nothing to do with it!” So, in the end, what good has your hate accomplished? Nothing. You would do better to shut yourself up in a locked house and never speak to lost sinners again.
I’m going to close my rant with this. Christians have failed in the area of showing forth the love of Christ. Christians have fallen short in the area of trying to reach the lost for the cause of Christ. Christians have failed in the area of being Christians.
Feel free to comment as you please – but if you send me hate mail or tell me that I should sit down and be quiet, please save us both the time and frustration and don’t even bother.
Posted on December 22, 2010, in Christian Life and tagged Christian Living, Forgiveness, God's Grace, God's Mercy, Homosexuality, Judgemental, Open Letter, Sin, Sinners. Bookmark the permalink. 29 Comments.