Recently, I have been thinking about a lot of different issues ranging from homosexuality to war, from Islam to women preachers, from judgement to love.
There have been numerous press releases over the years regarding churches that protest military funerals, Christians bombing abortion clinics, churches marching on Washington to end the fight for gay rights and I have to say that I am appalled at what I hear, see and read.
Church! Have we become so narrow-minded? Have we strayed so far from what Jesus said that we completely ignore the most fundamental part of his teachings? Oh, Church! Woe to you! You create all these rules and regulations to help people get closer to God, yet you yourselves do not even lift a finger to help them! You are the gatekeepers to heaven, yet you stand in the way of the door and prevent others from entering the Kingdom! You who are familiar with the Gospels will hear these same reproaches being spoken to the Pharisees and Sadducees by Jesus Himself!
Yes, Church, I am calling you out just as Jesus called out the religious leaders of his day! You have become like the Pharisee who stood in the Synagogue and prayed, “‘God, I thank you that I am not like other men, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even like this tax-collector. I fast twice a week; I give tithes of all that I get.'” (Luke 18:11-12) You have come so far from the commandment to love one another!
Church, it is not our responsibility to go to gay rights rallies and hold up signs that say “God hates Fags!” or “Gays will go to Hell!”. It is not our responsibility to protest the war in Iraq or anywhere else in the world! It is not our responsibility to burn the Koran or other religions’ holy books and say that they worship false idols and fake gods! Even if they are, that is not our responsibility!
We are not called to judge and condemn the world, but rather to love it! That was Jesus’ responsibility when He was here on the earth! He told Nicodemus, “For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.” (John 3:17) Jesus did not come to condemn the world, He came to save it! So, why do we feel we are better than Jesus and instead condemn and judge the world? This makes no sense to me!
“If anyone hears my words and does not keep them, I do not judge him; for I did not come to judge the world but to save the world.” (John 12:47)
Our job is to love, not to condemn and judge! Church, we can not love the world the way Jesus did if we are constantly telling them they are going to hell! That is not love
Love, Church! For the sake of Christ, LOVE!!!!!!!!