I don't know if you know this about me or not but I'm a democrat. I'm not ashamed of it but I do tend to keep it to myself. Sometimes when people find out they aren't very nice to me. They can actually be pretty hateful. They assume that I'm a bad person, that I can't possibly be a Christian, I'm the enemy. I've even lost a few friends over it. It's sad really.
I was reading this morning and I came across a few things I'd like to share with you, with anybody, with everybody, with my country.
The first is from Ephesians 4:29. It is actually my Facebook status this morning.
"Let no evil talk come out of your mouths, but only what is useful for building up, as there is need, so that your words may give grace to those who hear."
Wow, I wish that some of those who found out that I'm a democrat had remembered those words. I'm glad that I am reminded of them again myself. I think we all need this reminder every now and again. I don't think we always think before we speak about how our words (spoken or written) will impact others.
The other quote is from the 1860's and it could be said today as well... actually, I've said it many many times in last 10 or more years myself.
"It is time that Christians were judged more by their likeness to Christ than their notions
of Christ. Were this sentiment generally admitted we should not see such tenacious adherence
to what men deem the opinions and doctrines of Christ while at the same time in every
day practice is exhibited anything but a likeness to Christ."
I see this way too often. My children have even commented on it to me. It is heartbreaking that so many in the Church have forgotten that not only are we supposed to KNOW what Christ stands for, says and asks of us and so on but that we are also supposed to LIVE it.
We are supposed to seek to be LIKE Christ. We need to look at what He did in His time, who He spent time with, how He spent his time, and hear, to really and truly hear, what He was, what He IS trying to tell us. Then we need to work hard to be as much like Him as we can and to remember that when others look into our face, our words and our deeds that they should be able to see Christ in them.
Lately, on the news shows, talk shows, and so on I hear such hatefulness and often times it is at the same time they are preaching Christianity and yet it is anything but. How can you call people to arms and at the same time say we need more religion? How can you call people names or tell a people that their world was destroyed because they were bad and still think that you are being Christlike?
Christ came and spent time with the poor, the hurting, the outcasts. He touched peoples hearts just by LOVING them. He showed them He cared for them and they chose to follow Him. He healed those who were unclean, He talked with those who were prostitutes, criminals, those of other faiths or no faith! He cared for them ALL. He reached out to us ALL. He was trying to unite us, to make us all one family in Him.
What must He be thinking now?
As we go throughout our day today and everyday let us each remember that we may be the only Christ some people ever get see.