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Tuesday, November 4, 2014

We Turn People Away

I rarely talk about my faith on the blog, for several reasons, but today is a little different. Today is one of those days I hit the publish button and hold my breath.

Yesterday I was scrolling through my Facebook feed and stumbled on a status from a friend of mine that both surprised and appalled me. My friend was commenting on an article she'd seen on the interwebs written in response to a young woman's decision to end her own life with medical assistance. I'm sure by now most of us have heard this terminally ill young lady's story. 

an honest look at Christian attitude in recent events

The article my friend read was written by someone who calls himself a Christian but the things he was writing seemed to say differently. She scrolled through the comments and found one person after the other saying horrible, cruel, indifferent things about this young lady, damning her to hell for her actions and proclaiming her illness to be a direct result of her being "an attention wh***". 

All of these comments were from people who claimed themselves as Christian. 

My friend went on to say that it was precisely that kind of intolerant attitude that has made her disillusioned towards religion in general. I'd venture to say that she is not the only one who shares that opinion.

Take a moment for that to sink in. For those of us who strive to reflect the love of Christ to others, that statement should bother us. 

I'm sad to say that the incident my friend related isn't isolated. A few years ago, when a college friend of mine came out as homosexual, he received not dozens, but hundreds of hurtful even downright hostile messages and emails. Almost all of them were from classmates of our small Christian college or people he knew from his hometown church. 

Let me clear something up here, no matter what our own personal opinions are about another person's life choices, even when these opinions line up with our beliefs, it is NEVER right to call people names. It is never right to demean them and say hurtful things about their character. It is never right to wish ill on someone simply because their beliefs don't line up with ours. It is never right to treat someone with disrespect and contempt because they have different beliefs or make life choices we do not agree with.

My sweet fellow Christians, we are the light the world sees. And many times we turn people away with our attitudes! How can we expect to share His love when all we show is judgment and disrespect??? 

Currently I'm reading through a Hospitality Bible Study with She Reads Truth and these verses really stood out to me in light of everything I just described--

"Dear friends, since God loved us that much, we surely ought to love each other. No one has ever seen God. But if we love each other, God lives in us, and his love is brought to full expression in us." 
1 John 4:11&12

Believe me, I'm not saying any of this because I'm perfect or because I believe I'm the world's best follower of Christ. I'm not! But this topic has been on my heart lately and my blog is a place to share my heart so I'm sharing this. 

Thank you to all of you who got to the end of this post and, whether you share my faith or not, I truly hope I've given you some food for thought. 

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Tuesday, November 4, 2014

We Turn People Away

I rarely talk about my faith on the blog, for several reasons, but today is a little different. Today is one of those days I hit the publish button and hold my breath.

Yesterday I was scrolling through my Facebook feed and stumbled on a status from a friend of mine that both surprised and appalled me. My friend was commenting on an article she'd seen on the interwebs written in response to a young woman's decision to end her own life with medical assistance. I'm sure by now most of us have heard this terminally ill young lady's story. 

an honest look at Christian attitude in recent events

The article my friend read was written by someone who calls himself a Christian but the things he was writing seemed to say differently. She scrolled through the comments and found one person after the other saying horrible, cruel, indifferent things about this young lady, damning her to hell for her actions and proclaiming her illness to be a direct result of her being "an attention wh***". 

All of these comments were from people who claimed themselves as Christian. 

My friend went on to say that it was precisely that kind of intolerant attitude that has made her disillusioned towards religion in general. I'd venture to say that she is not the only one who shares that opinion.

Take a moment for that to sink in. For those of us who strive to reflect the love of Christ to others, that statement should bother us. 

I'm sad to say that the incident my friend related isn't isolated. A few years ago, when a college friend of mine came out as homosexual, he received not dozens, but hundreds of hurtful even downright hostile messages and emails. Almost all of them were from classmates of our small Christian college or people he knew from his hometown church. 

Let me clear something up here, no matter what our own personal opinions are about another person's life choices, even when these opinions line up with our beliefs, it is NEVER right to call people names. It is never right to demean them and say hurtful things about their character. It is never right to wish ill on someone simply because their beliefs don't line up with ours. It is never right to treat someone with disrespect and contempt because they have different beliefs or make life choices we do not agree with.

My sweet fellow Christians, we are the light the world sees. And many times we turn people away with our attitudes! How can we expect to share His love when all we show is judgment and disrespect??? 

Currently I'm reading through a Hospitality Bible Study with She Reads Truth and these verses really stood out to me in light of everything I just described--

"Dear friends, since God loved us that much, we surely ought to love each other. No one has ever seen God. But if we love each other, God lives in us, and his love is brought to full expression in us." 
1 John 4:11&12

Believe me, I'm not saying any of this because I'm perfect or because I believe I'm the world's best follower of Christ. I'm not! But this topic has been on my heart lately and my blog is a place to share my heart so I'm sharing this. 

Thank you to all of you who got to the end of this post and, whether you share my faith or not, I truly hope I've given you some food for thought. 

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