Wake Up, People *cough* Christians *cough*

Let’s face it: At times, Christians are viewed as judgmental, holier-than-thou people. It’s time we quit feeling/acting superior toward others, and here’s why:

Sin is what separates us from God. One sin doesn’t separate us farther from God than another. Lying isn’t “better” than murder, for example. We’re all sinners. We all sin. We may be tempted to think that our sin isn’t as bad as the next person’s sin, but we’ve all sinned and fallen short of the glory of God. (Romans 3:23) We all need God’s gift of salvation – His free gift of grace that He extends to each and every one of us. No one is better than the next person. God loves us all the same. Once we realize this, Christians won’t be viewed as such judgmental people. As Brennan Manning says in The Ragamuffin Gospel,

“Awareness of our poverty and ineptitude [the fact that we can’t do anything to earn our salvation, and that it’s only by God’s grace that we’re saved] causes us to rejoice in the gift of being called out of darkness into wondrous light and translated into the kingdom of God’s beloved Son. [The Christian who truly understands the undeserved gift of salvation] is not all exhaust and no intake. She does not impose herself on others. He listens well because he knows he has so much to learn from others. [Her understanding that she has no reason to feel superior] enables her to enter the world of the other, even when she cannot identify with that world.”

We are in as desperate need of a Savior as the next person. And remember, no sin is too great for God to forgive. God’s forgiveness extends to all who ask, and it blots out any and every sin. To think God can’t forgive your sins is to put Him in a box – a very small box. As Christians, we recognize we’re sinners. We’ve accepted God’s gift of salvation by confessing with our mouths that Jesus is Lord and believing in our hearts that God raised Him from the dead. (Romans 10:9) We didn’t do anything to deserve or earn that gift. So why do we (at times) feel… superior to others? We’re still sinners. We still make mistakes and mess up because we’re still humans. Yes, we do our best to live for Jesus, but we’re not perfect; we still sin. So why do we look down on others who sin, as if we’re somehow perfect?

Our job is to tell others about God’s free, gracious gift of salvation, that others might experience the joy we have in Christ. Let us show and share God’s love to all, remembering that we are still sinners; the only difference is we’re saved sinners whose job is to tell the world about God’s wonderful kindness and love.(Acts 20:24) We’re just beggars telling other beggars where to find bread. (D.T. Niles)

If you’re struggling with how God could forgive you for what you’ve done in the past, know this: He can, and He will, forgive you – if you ask Him. God is bigger than any and all of the mistakes you’ve made. “For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life through Christ Jesus our Lord. (Romans 6:23, NLT)

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18 thoughts on “Wake Up, People *cough* Christians *cough*

    • Great minds think (or should I say “design”) alike. πŸ˜‰

      As promised, I looked at your blog. I like your About page; it’s short and sweet, but is also in some way… alluring. πŸ™‚
      Following!

      Perhaps you could tell me what you believe as a Muslim (I’m not 100% clear on what Muslims believe, without Googling it), and I could tell you what I believe as a Christian.

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    • I’m glad these thoughts helped you.

      I’m sorry for the delayed response. I visited your blog, and the moment I saw Legolas, I’m was like, “YES!” I’m a big Legolas fan. πŸ˜€
      Following!

      Anyway, as promised, feedback on your blog: I like your theme! It’s light and works for your blog. I’d recommend adding the Follow widget that allows people who aren’t on WP to follow via email. Just allows for more followers.

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    • Thank you!

      I love how, in your About page, you say, “Looking at this world through the eyes of my saviour is the best use of my time here on earth.” That is so very true.
      Following!

      I would suggest perhaps choosing a theme with a little more color, but that’s just me – I like color. πŸ™‚ I’d also suggest adding the Follow widget that lets people who aren’t on WP follow via email. πŸ™‚

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  1. Speaking as a fellow Christian, thank you for this much needed reminder. When Christians get all hot and bothered about others’ sins, its a sign of fear, fear of sin. The fact is “God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind” (2 Timothy 1:7 NKJV). Fear is indeed a sign we have put God in a box, fear that sin stronger than God because sin is so destructive, However, “God’s law was given so that all people could see how sinful they were. But as people sinned more and more, God’s wonderful grace became more abundant” (Romans 5:20 NLT). Now Paul went on to say, “What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound? God forbid. How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein?” (Romans 6:1-2 KJV). It’s God’s grace that empowers believers NOT to sin and that includes resisting the temptation to stand in judgement of other people.

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    • Thank you for your response, and for those Scripture references. I love Romans. πŸ™‚
      Once we become Christians we’re given the Holy Spirit to help us become more and more like Jesus as God reveals His will for our lives. It’s hard enough for us to do the will of the Father; let’s not judge others if they mess up, for I know we mess up plenty of times. πŸ™‚

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  2. Hey Rach! I just discovered this cute little blog you have through the Community Pool, and would like to commend you on it.

    As for this post, as an atheist, I might not necessarily agree with everything you say, but I do respect your views and feel that these views can help humanity in some ways. This is what Christianity teaches but there are multiple interpretations of the Bible and it is only when a person starts believing that their interpretation is the one true interpretation, that the “holier-than-thou” attitude, as you put it, appears.

    Regardless, you have a beautiful blog and good luck!

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    • Thank you for your feedback!

      I appreciate your respect. While the Lord gave us the Bible and meant for us to interpret it His way (it IS called the Word of God), yes, people do come up with their own interpretations.
      We have a hard enough time trying to do what the Lord wants us to do, and we mess up plenty of times; why do we think we’re in the position to judge others, you know? πŸ™‚

      I really like the feel of your blog! It almost reminds me of a library, with the books listed in a row, which I love. πŸ™‚ Following!

      I have to ask: Do you have a favorite book/series?

      I appreciate you visiting my blog. While I know you don’t share my faith, I encourage you to come back. πŸ™‚ While I try to raise awareness for imprisoned Christians, I also have posts like this one that poke and prod at the mind, and I’m always open to any comments people may have!

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      • Hey Rach!

        I can understand what you are saying. But then again, as humans, I think it is our prerogative to make mistakes. I only regret when those mistakes harm others. And then, when we make mistakes ourselves, what right have we to judge others?

        Thank you for your comments on the blog. I’m really glad you liked it. I’m afraid I do not have a favourite. That would be like asking a mother to choose a favourite among her children. I do have some books that I like more than others.

        I will definitely come back as I feel your thoughts are great and deserve a listen, if not my agreement.

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      • As the Bible says, “Indeed, there is no one on earth who is righteous, no one who does what is right and never sins.” (Ecclesiastes 7:20, NIV) We’re all sinners, and consequently we all mess up. πŸ™‚ And as you said, when (because) we make mistakes, what right do we think we’re entitled to to judge other people?

        I understand – that’s a tough question. πŸ˜› Some people have a definite favorite book/series; I personally enjoy The Lord of the Rings and Narnia. The Hunger Games was the first Dystopian novel I’d read, and it got me hooked on Dystopian.

        Thank you very much! πŸ™‚

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