First, yes I am a Christian. My faith means a lot to me. It has gotten me through so much. He has given me so much to be grateful for, much more than I deserve. I will never hide my faith from the world. Nor will I try to thump one over the head with my bible and condemn them either.
And therein lies my whole point to this blog. I was again inspired by another’s blog today. It really got me thinking about the church today, the way so many so called Christians act. I myself have turned away from organized religion more than once because of being judged, being shunned for being less than they desired me to be. The last I checked, as Christians, we are called to love one another as Christ loves us. We are NOT called to sit in judgment, NOT called to look down upon one another. Also, Christ himself befriended thieves, liars, adulterers, etc because that is what He and all of us are called to do, show God’s love. How are we to show them the way if we hold our noses in the air passing judgement?
And since when is it supposed to be a contest at church as to who wears what, drives what, who’s kids do the best in school/sports/music, who has what job, etc? I remember a sermon given at a church I was a member of that spoke of where our hearts are when we’re at church. Are we there focused on God, there to praise Him, worship Him, fellowship with friends and family? Or are we more focused on everyone around us and comparing themselves to everyone else? The pastor said, “I’d rather you show up in jeans and tee-shirt with your heart set on God than all dressed up and focused on worldly things.” To a point, I understand wanting to please God and some feel it is only proper to dress up in church. But, it’s gone too far now. It’s become a glorified fashion contest in so many places of so called worship.
I liked the church I’d most recently been going to. There, even the pastor wears jeans and a nice shirt. The small congregation dresses as they feel comfortable, most wearing jeans themselves. It’s relaxed and the atmosphere there is way different than what I have experienced in so many other churches. I also like that while the pastor has a set sermon, he also allows the congregation to participate. The hearts have been on fire for God, more focused on outreaches, helping one another, being beacons for Christ. There are so many good and kind people that love God more than themselves. It’s just saddening to see so many profess to love Him and then come off as cold and harsh. This attitude turns people away from God, not bring them closer.
Judge not for none have that right. We all sit in houses made of glass. At any moment, the stones can come flying in. It’s so easy to look down upon another for a mistake they’ve made, for a choice they’re making. How easy it is to think, “Ugh, how can he do that?” or “Doesn’t she know what that outfit makes her look like?” Thoughts like that are where it begins. We don’t have to like another’s choices, but they’re not ours to judge. We all make bad decisions, mistakes. It’s a part of being human and I believe we’re all called to look past them and reach out to one another in love, not disgust.