Thursday, July 25, 2019

You Might Be the Only Bible Somebody Reads

Have you ever been welcomed into a circle of Christian friends who seem to publicly blare their faith around the world, and yet aren't familiar with the fundamentals of their own faith? I'm not saying you have to know every little piece of the Bible, but there has to be some level of love for others, just as the most important commandment in the Bible states: You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. It's funny, because I've always seen the "least expected Christian" to be the most giving, the most knowledgable, and even having much more faith, without having to belittle others. I think it's important that we as Christians should never judge another.

The book of Romans talks about the dangers of criticism among Christians.

"Accept Christians who are weak in faith, and don't argue with them about what they think is right or wrong. For instance, one person believes it is all right to eat anything. But another believer who has a sensitive conscience will eat only vegetables. Those who think it is all right to eat anything must not look down on those who won't. And those who won't eat certain foods must not condemn those who do, for God has accepted them. Who are you to condemn God's servants? They are responsible to the Lord, so let him tell them whether they are right or wrong. The Lord's power will help them do as they should." --Romans 14:1-4

"So why do you condemn another Christian? Why do you look down on another Christian? Remember, each of us will stand personally before the judgment seat of God. For the scriptures say, 'As surely as I live,' says the Lord, 'every knee will bow to me and every tongue will confess allegiance to God.'"--Romans 14:10-11

You may appear to look like the "perfect Christian"----Church going, married with kids with the white picket fence, but your actions say otherwise. Your real life tells a completely different story. God isn't looking for perfection in the worldly view---He looks for believers---He looks for their hearts. He wants to know how much you love Him. He wants to know how much time you can spend with Him. He wants to be the focal point of your life---not just a weekly trip to Sunday service. He wants you Mon-Sat as well.

Keep close with other believers, but also welcome unbelievers as well, because you may be the only Bible they ever read. You may be the one example they see that lets them know how real God is. Never make someone feel like an outcast, just because they hold different beliefs, or that they live a different life than you. Jesus hung out with prostitutes and the tax collectors. He never shunned them out of His circle. He welcomed all. Aren't we supposed to be Christ-like? Aren't we supposed to help one another, instead of making them feel unworthy?

So lately, I have been seeing a lot of Christians who are kind of hypocritical in their thinking---in their mind. They blurt out "love everyone" while slamming others down for either not being Christian enough or that they may be demon possessed, just because they have a different opinion than they do. I've seen them run down the rabbit hole of warped sense of thinking, assuming the worst in others, when in fact, their own lives mirrored just that. I have to say I have a keen sense of liars, or those who are trying to hard to "look" a certain way. They stutter, having a difficult time getting their points across, or they have this awkward way of sharing their faith, and if someone dares to disagree with their way of thinking, then they either don't respond, or chuck it up to that person being a narcissist because they knew something they didn't. It's all relevant really. Aren't we supposed to share what we know and believe? Aren't we supposed to help one another? Usually, when a person calls everyone a narcissist, it's a sign of psychological projection. It's the same concept of jaded women calling all of their past loves their "evil exes." There's three sides to every story: yours, theirs and the truth.

As a believer, I spend more time with unbelievers. For some reason, I find that they're less judgmental, and they don't have this egotistical way of tearing you down just because you don't fit the  'exact mold.' Most "Christians" I know, don't even know the Bible or they twist and turn things to make people look like "evildoers" and "heathens." We are supposed to edify one another---not tear one another down. A friend of mine judged me for being friends with someone who is Pagan. Hey, if I'm not subscribing to Paganism, then why worry about me? Most Christians practice Paganism by plopping a big ol' Christmas tree in their home and calling Jesus' resurrection "Easter"---dealing with Easter eggs and a rabbit, which represents sex and fertility. I'll let you Google that one when you have a minute. But all in all, we are all one. Whether we believe in this or that---be confident who you are in Christ. Be open to surrounding yourself with all different types of people, because again, you might be the only Bible somebody reads.

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