Today at work, I was able to have a conversation with somebody about the Word. I have to admit, it was so nice to just talk about God an nothing else. He was telling me that he came to faith late in life, but was so on fire. Then, something happened, and the entire church family that once welcomed him into the faith, began to shun him. He finished with saying that he still believes, but he no longer really practices because he feels betrayed and confused. He wonders how people that are supposedly following God, and are supposed to be showing the love of God, can just turn their backs and change.
My heart aches for people with stories similar to his own. Church bodies are supposed to be the ones that we run two. They are supposed to be the people that we can come to. They are supposed to be our communal rock when the rest of our world is falling apart. How are we, as a Christian body, able to advance and bring people to the faith when there is so much hypocrisy within it. We are called to be loving, and are called to share the Word of God. We're not called to do it when we feel like it, or when we feel like somebody deserves it.
In a way, this applies to my own life. When sharing my faith, I'm occasionally caught in a gray area between two extremes. I don't try to be a Bible thumper, but I also don't try to be too passive. I don't try to be a Bible thumper because yelling in somebody's face and saying "You'll go to hell!" get's nobody anywhere. I mean, you might get punched in the throat so I guess you might go about four inches back. I also don't try to be passive, because that is not what God calls for. Though we are expected to be loving and gentle, our faith is not just a "hunch" or a "belief"... it is our truth. THE Truth, if you were to ask me personally. If you believed something was true, would you not want to share it with people whole-heartedly? In other words, we're hear to stand for God; we're not here to put God on the table and toss the subject around at the other person's discretion.
As Christians, being hypocrites just digresses us, if anything.
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