You see I have learned that life is too short to live a lie. God created me, called me and is conforming me to complete a task that He has for me. Now, I have not always been comfortable in my skin. I still have things that I am wrestling out. I find people however that want to portray this one thing while really being something else. Let me share this. I know of two people who have a past. They talk a lot about God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit. Once in a while they will let their guard down and admit to sinning once a long, long time ago. These two are active in church, teach, lead and serve. The problem is that when the rubber meats the road, they have no love for anyone except themselves. A child comes in with a dirty face, the child is usually shunned. A family comes in that dresses different, talks different, or appears to have less money, they are looked down upon. This inflames me so I will stop there but you get the picture. People being people does not bother me. God's people being like lost people does!I'm not talking about actions that are in the "gray areas." I am talking about doing things that are contrary to Scripture and not having one bit of conviction that you are wrong. I can't judge a person's heart. That is not my job. I really can't judge why a person does what they do, but I can judge or at least examine how they do it.
Jesus told His disciples to love one another. We preach love God and love your neighbor, We even chisel these words on stone, but where the rubber meats the road...
I struggle with who I am. I am a work in progress. I know that others are too, but why would someone teach one thing and live completely different?
I have served in a pastoral type role (Youth minister, Pastor, Hospice Chaplian) since 1991. I have seen many people in many different places. The thing that still confuses me is, "Why do people do what they do, when it's wrong in the eyes of Jesus, in Jesus name?
I know this hasn't been very uplifting. It is not my usual chipper outlook (that was supposed to be funny again). I hope it makes you think. Remember, Jesus said in John 13:35, "They will know you are My disciples by your love..." I don't know why this is so hard, but please consider the thought that does your love for others (people who need Jesus. you cannot count family and close friend here) draw people to Jesus or does it drive them away?
Till the next time we pass this way, May God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ keep you in all His love. Ride safe!