We are living in a time where everyone seems to feel the need to pick a side and shout from the megaphone. With everything that is going on in our country lately such as abortion issues, building a wall, or the fact that gay marriage is now legal, there seems to be quite a lot “Hell, Fire, and Damnation Christianity” coming out of it. I want to urge you to check your heart, because Christian your heart is showing.
I recently sat down with my twenty year old daughter who’s feelings were extremely hurt because someone very close to her called her a “so called Christian” simply because she chose not to march in a pro-life rally here in Louisiana. As her mother I have spent a lot of years teaching my daughter to love everyone as much or more than she loves herself. This includes people that she may not agree with because of their choices or their lifestyle. I have spent a lot of time teaching her and my other children that we can still show love to the people that we disagree with. So when this person called her a “so called Christian”, it set her back for a minute and made her question her own faith. As her mom I have to say that this was quite disheartening because the person who said this to her is a Christian themselves. After the death of her daughter’s father, she is attempting to put her life back together and raise her child all by herself, and this is what someone thought was worth taking a stand against with her only four months later. Maybe it is my fleshy mama bear claws coming out, but Christians should know better.
Just because some Christians choose to stay home rather than march in protest of abortion, does not mean that we are cowards or “so called Christians.” Just because some of us are not sporting red MAGA hats and shirts everywhere we go does not mean that we do not support our President. Just because some of us are not screaming “BUILD THAT WALL” does not mean that we aren’t supportive of more border security.
Here is what it DOES mean though: While you are out marching, I am home praying and taking care of the children I gave life to, as well as a child who’s mother also gave life to but could not take care of. While you are out wearing your red MAGA wear, I am home praying for God to show me how to love people rather than challenge them in a way that only makes them ignore anything I might have to say to begin with. While you are out screaming on Facebook with your “not so respectful memes” about building a wall, and posts that are poking fun at people who look differently than you find acceptable, I am home praying and very carefully choosing how my heart appears to others by what I say out loud or post on Facebook. And while I am doing all of this, I am teaching my children to do the same.
God gave me a circle of people to do life with. He gave me a heart to use for loving people… even people who disagree with me and my beliefs. I do not see the need to challenge people with what I wear or what I march in support of when I know that my God gave me a specific purpose to focus on. And if you truly believe that people are fake Christians simply because they choose to be less invasive with their interactions with the public, then you need to check yourself. Christians are persecuted enough by non-Christians. Do we really need to turn around and begin persecuting each other as well?
John 13:35 tells us, “By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” It does NOT SAY, “They will know that I am real by the way you march against sin together.” You do not have a right to tell a new, baby Christian that she is a “so called Christian” simply because she chooses to love rather than spit out hell, fire, and damnation tactics. Don’t be a bully Christian. Be a loving Christian!
We choose love, respect, and honor for God above any political statements that the world is fighting each other about any day. Not all Christians choose to stand at the microphone and yell out hell fire and damnation Christianity. Some of us choose to simply love people regardless of what they believe. We can still be against abortion without having to march. We can still support our President without having to wear political statements on our clothing. Some of us simply choose to find a more direct way to impact the lives of others… ways that we can actually help people rather than getting them fired up about their own cause. How approachable do you honestly think you are when a non-Christian sees how you are speaking about people that you do not agree with? I would rather hold a mother’s hand during her abortion, even though I do not agree with her choice, than I would to stand back and call her a murderer (like I see so many people doing).
Take a look at the people around you. How can you show them the love of Christ? Do you think they will see that while you are marching? Or do you think that they might be more likely to see that when you reach out to them personally to help them when they truly need someone to hold their hand?! People come to know Christ when we are able to show them the fruits of the spirit… not when we try to bully them into it. If you are constantly making fun of people or spiting out your negative opinions about people who live differently than you, or believe differently than you, then do you think you are showing them Christ? Check your hearts brothers and sisters because Christian, your heart is showing.