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It Almost Offends Me

But I catch myself feeling like maybe I’m being judgmental, and that feels hypocritical.

So you’ve seen this recent thing on Facebook, “Let’s see how many true Christians are on FB! Press Like if Jesus is your Savior!!”

Really!?

If I were a non-Christian, it’s stuff like this that makes alienating Christians just a little bit easier.

Certainly the intention is not to do harm, but imagine, “Let’s see how many true Muslims, Jews, atheists, are on FB. Press Like if you believe Jesus was not the Son of God”.

Personal leadership is one of the most difficult things to practice, because we are human – weak and insecure.

By jeff noel

Internet's only five-a-day blogger, leaving a trail for our son. This is about putting the spirit of Love at the center of your life. It may be God, Allah, Mohammed, Buddha, Yahweh, etc. For me, it's Jesus.

5 replies on “It Almost Offends Me”

Jeff,

I can see the possible intent for someone putting that out there. Could it have been done out of zeal…possibly from a new Christian who is just excited about their new relationship? Maybe. But you know, the Bible does speaks about having the freedom to do something versus having the spiritual maturity and wisdom not to do so for fear of being a stumbling block to others. It’s like the “spandex rule,” that says, “Just because you can, doesn’t mean you should.”

And you know me – when I read stuff, lyrics of songs come to mind. And when I read your posting this morning, I was reminded of Michael W. Smith’s song, “Live the Life.” The chorus states:

For the world to know the truth,
There can be no greater proof
Than to live the life, live the life.
There’s no love as quite as pure;
There’s no pain we can’t endure
If we live the life, live the life.
Be a light for all to see;
For every act of love will set you free.

What’s the world seeing in your life…is it pointing others to Christ or turning away others from Christ? I think that’s the responsibility that needs to be considered with things like this on Facebook.

And no, I am not trying to judge those who placed that out there. Like you said – I have to have my own personal leadership to manage my own actions, because I fall short. That’s why I need the Lord all the more.

Bob

Bob, great lyrics.
Let our actions tell the story of Jesus’ Love for every saint and every sinner.
People do not listen to what we say, they watch what we do.
Thank you for investing your time this morning to join the conversation.

Bob & Jeff, great to see we’re on the same wavelength.

On a slight, but related tangent, I don’t appreciate the guilt that is intended with these types of things, similar to friendly spam (“forward this inspirational prayer to those you love or you won’t be blessed”). I understand the compliment that is intended by being a recipient. But, it’s common practice for me to hardly, if at all, read through chain e-mails.

As far as the in-your-face nature, I agree that it’s disconcerting. While the nature of the group is different, and we (probably) believe truly positive and needed, than other movements, the tactics involved are no different; thus commanding similar responses from those with opposing views. Unfortunately, these responses are, many times, executed in the same manner as the instigation.

I, too, believe that being an example is the most inspirational, least offensive and most effective way to send your message.

I may be patting my back here, but I’d like to relate a quick story. Our family was out to eat at a restaurant maybe 6 or so months ago. The kids were restless. As we were leaving, after finishing our dinner, an older couple, who had been admiring our kids, asked us where we attended church. I told the gentleman, who responded that he could that we were Christians by the way we conducted ourselves. What an incredible compliment! It was also a great encouragement!

Craig – that is a great compliment…not only to you and WHO you represent, but also to your church and WHO it reflects in the community.

Craig, we all know that no Christian would willfully hurt another’s feelings, whether they be fellow Christians or non-Christians.

And I think this is one of the biggest obstacles to Christianity. Many of us send a completely hypocritical message through our seemingly righteous and well-intentioned actions.

It’s hard to be a great Christian.

On the flip side, it would be nice if non-Christians could see our imperfection and grant us the same grace and mercy they think they deserve from Christians.

Bottom line: Humans are perfectly imperfect.

PS. Let those restaurant compliments encourage you, always, to live the life.

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