Everybody is Wrong (a short response to what is happening online right now.)

Let me throw out two scenarios.

Scenario 1: A person who claims to be a Christian says something in an interview, on a blog post, in an article.  What they say is considered controversial.  Immediately, there is a backlash against them.  Some of it by the media, but much of it by other Christians.  “How dare this person not love others.”  “How dare they be so condemning.”  “Anyone who thinks like this does not understand Jesus at all.”

Scenario 2: A person who claims to be a Christian says something in an interview, on a blog post, in an article.  What they say is considered controversial.  Immediately, there is a backlash against them.  Some of it by the media, but much of it by other Christians.  “How dare this person disregard scripture.”  “How dare they be so flippant about sin.”  “Anyone who thinks like this does not understand God at all.”

It seems to me we are trapped in a losing battle with ourselves.  These two scenarios show how it often plays out.  Whichever “side” we think we are on is of course right.  Any Christian who doesn’t see things our way is not loving, doesn’t understand Jesus, or is misinterpreting the Bible.  We get worked up until we go on social media and declare our “righteous opinions”.  Someone who believes differently then does the same.  A shrill battle commences that typically sways no one but rather reinforces where we previously stood.

This is getting us nowhere.  In fact, I believe it is only creating walls between Christians.

Just a few minutes ago I read a Facebook post where the author made it abundantly clear that Christians should not run around judging people.  This was immediately followed by a diatribe against another Christian for judging people.  Do we not see the lunacy?!

Is it possible for someone to say what they believe without a bunch of us condemning them for being so condemning?  Is it possible for someone to say what they believe without a bunch of us condemning them for not being condemning enough?

Perhaps it is time for a deeper test of Christian love.  Try this.  Let’s say you are sick of the church condemning homosexuals.  You believe that love should reign and you are ashamed of those in the church who are so intolerant.  If this is true of you, a true test of your Christian love is loving those very people.  Those you find so judgemental.  Can you show kindness, sensitivity and understanding to those you think are intolerant?

Or try this.  If you believe that the Church has given in to our surrounding culture.  That the big problem is those who refuse to call sin what it is: sin.  You think many Christians have lost their moral anchor.  If this is true of you, a true test of your Christian love is loving those very people.  Those you find so accommodating.  Can you show kindness, sensitivity and understanding to those you think are overly permissive?

Just something to chew on while you prepare your next social media diatribe.

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One thought on “Everybody is Wrong (a short response to what is happening online right now.)

  1. I don’t find it condemning to call sin sin. If so, Jesus would have been condemning as well. However to decide that sin is not sin in order to appease the crowds seems rather shallow to me.

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