Suppose I had 200 friends on facebook. For the sake of easy math, let’s just say 150 of those friends claim to be Christians. For the sake of easier math, let’s round out that 100 of those friends post anything remotely Jesus-ish on a regular basis. Would you assume that my newsfeed would be lit up with shiny happy faces proclaiming good news about Christ’s love? Forgiveness? Grace? Mercy? Hope? Kindness? Charity?
Not so much. I get to read on and on about how we, as Christians, should be hating homosexuals, Jews, Planned Parenthood, terrorists, homosexual terrorists, homosexual Jews, homosexual Jewish terrorists who support planned Parenthood, and of course, Obama.
And also communist China and Harry Potter.
3 facebook words: Hide all activity.
Let me tell you–there’s a bible verse in every single one of these posts to “rationalize” specific hatred. Does anyone else ever picture Jesus up in Heaven, slamming his forehead against the wall? Are we just not getting it? Because surely all this hating is not what we were supposed to be focused on. Is it? I highly doubt it.
Would it be unreasonable to think that for every 100 Christians there should be at least 100 poor, homeless people sleeping in a warm spot with a full belly? Or orphans being financially supported, or people being visited in jail? Or nursing homes? Why are there lonely rich people still drowing themselves in a bottle of wine every night? Why aren’t we as Christians hating on things like poverty and oppression and injustice instead of focusing our attention on things that should be left up to God to handle? 1. I am in no position to judge anyone. 2. If Obama is actually the anti-Christ, Christians should be getting totally excited, since our time here on Earth is coming to a fast end. Sweet! Right? Right?
I am no expert, but I think God wants us to be so much more than finger-pointing, whistle-blowing intolerant hatemongers. It hurts my heart to see some of my dearest friends posting things that seem so out of line with what our Jesus would be saying if he were on facebook or twitter. The church as a whole would be so much more effective if we were moved to actions filled with genuine love, even for our enemy. People would believe us when we say we follow Jesus Christ, and they’d stick around to find out more.
“Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.” Matthew 5:9
Jesus replied, ” ‘You must love the LORD your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. A second is equally important: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ The entire law and all the demands of the prophets are based on these two commandments.” Matthew 22:37-40
Understand this, my dear brothers and sisters: You must all be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to get angry. Human anger does not produce the righteousness God desires. So get rid of all the filth and evil in your lives, and humbly accept the word God has planted in your hearts, for it has the power to save your souls. But don’t just listen to God’s word. You must do what it says. Otherwise, you are only fooling yourselves. James 1: 19-22
For the person who keeps all of the laws except one is as guilty as a person who has broken all of God’s laws. James 2:10
Don’t speak evil against each other, dear brothers and sisters. If you criticize and judge each other, then you are criticizing and judging God’s law. But your job is to obey the law, not to judge whether it applies to you. God alone, who gave the law, is the Judge. He alone has the power to save or to destroy. So what right do you have to judge your neighbor? James 4:11-12
God is constantly convicting me when it comes to the stunning lack of love and forgiveness in my own life. I don’t think Jesus commanded all that so we would have a nice sentiment to meditate on during Sunday morning service. He wasn’t all “Love your neighbor as yourself–SIKE!”jk
This is probably enough for one day. After reading that much verse, I feel like I just got punched in the mouf.