It saddens me to see Christians who come out with absolute certainty and a sense of righteousness tell another person who professes Christ that they are NOT a Christian because they see something in that person’s life that they don’t like or agree with.
I remember when I was a kid I would see somebody smoke outside of a church and I couldn’t imagine how that person could be a Christian. I mean, how could that even be possible? I was taught our body is a temple (but apparently sweet tea, fried chicken, pizza and chocolate chip cookies are allowed in “the temple”.) The same was true for alcohol. Even in high school I didn’t understand how a Christian could drink beer or wine, only non-Christians did that, right? I can think of verses like do not be drunk with wine, etc., but I really remember a message my pastor gave at church when I was growing up – he was talking about wine in Bible times and how it was much weaker back in the day of Jesus which for some reason was to imply that because it is stronger today that we should not be drinking it. It was ok in Jesus day – but not today.
Fortunately, I grew up and learned that Christians actually did such things and that they weren’t really sins (unless they are totally controlling your life). Now I NEVER had a desire to smoke and frankly think I’m allergic to it, but I like to think I’ve grown a little bit in my Christian life and am hopefully not so judgmental and quick to decide who is and isn’t a Christian just because I don’t like things about them.
Which is why it breaks my heart when I see just horrible things being said by Christians ABOUT Christians. Recently Christian musician Trey Pearson came out as gay and all hell broke loose. The comments BY CHRISTIANS that would follow an article about him were absolutely abhorrent, with many many comments saying he couldn’t possibly be a Christian and one person who felt Biblically justified to say he should be put to death. Some have said “There are no homosexual Christians”, “This is exactly what a wolf in sheep’s clothing means!”, ““God does “hate” homosexuals””, “If you want to say you are Gay so be it but don’t call yourself a Christian and talk about how much you love Jesus”, “he is not a Christian since he does not follow the tenets of the Christian faith. He is a gay man, who sings Christian songs.”
God has given NO ONE the power or authority to decide who is or isn’t a Christian. When someone claims to be a Christian, professes Christ as their savior, reads their Bible and prays – it’s rather arrogant to say they are NOT a Christian because we don’t like the way they live their life, whether they smoke, drink or they’re gay. My personal feelings about homosexuality are irrelevant, if someone is gay and says they are a Christian, I’m not going to question their faith. Philippians 2:12 tells us to “continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling”. Clearly this is something Trey Pearson is working through the best way he can, and to comfortably sit back with our computers, phones and tablets and CONDEMN him is if not blasphemy (making ourselves to be God and judge) at the very least hypocritical to think that the way we live is somehow “less sinful” than someone else’s. I just wonder if all his critics have any divorced people at their church and how do they treat them?
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