Christians, under the guise of holiness, judge and condemn “sinners.” When we do, we condemn ourselves.
What makes you better than others?
- You don’t murder. But, you hate.
- You don’t rob banks. But, you steal another’s reputation with gossip.
- You aren’t a drunk. But, you disobey your parents.
I’m not trying to make you feel bad. I’m trying to help you see that Christians aren’t above others.
Stop looking down your long holy nose at people God loves.
The long holy nose makes us ugly. I’m convinced that the ugliest people in the world are self-righteous, good-living, religious people. The truth is, “We” need God’s love as much as “they” do.
Holy living is not an excuse from compassion, respect, or kindness.
Lets call fellow believers to holiness. The issue isn’t should we live holy lives. The issue is how we grow in grace by faith.
Inviting Christians to holiness requires transparent connection. Apart from connection, calling fellow believers to holiness is self-righteous and arrogant. When you call someone to holiness, get in it with them.
Lets call people who aren’t believers, to trust in Jesus. The issue isn’t moral reform. It’s Jesus.
Inviting people to trust in Jesus requires connection. Connection empowers the call. Disconnection makes us look like arrogant fools.
Let’s call fellow believers to trust God in new ways. We need to trust Jesus today like we did when we trusted Jesus for the first time.
The people “out there” didn’t make Jesus dirty when he rubbed elbows with them. They won’t make you dirty when you connect with them, either.
Love is not rude or arrogant. Love is kind, patient, hopeful. Love endures. You have permission to live a holy life and treat people who don’t know Jesus with Love.