Monday, June 23, 2014
I hate that I have to admit that the meanest people I know are Christians. And the world is subjected to the daily outcry of their condemning opinions and interpretation of Scripture. Sometimes I just have to hide my face in shame and say, No. If that is what constitutes Christianity then I am not a Christian. I am not participating in all the hurt and the judgment that at one time drove me to question the very existence of God; and if he did exist, what was my purpose in his angry presence? I ran from it all, only to find myself running towards the gospel; to divine love. That's where I slowly learned to experience healing. And hope. But for ten years now, my soul has begged the question; What if?
What if Christians put the gavel down?
What if tattoos and piercings don't matter?
What if Christians got over how many alcoholic beverages are or are not okay?
What if Christians thought more about loving the little children and less about beating them with the rod?
What if it's okay that a child happens to throw a temper tantrum?
What if a child could only see Jesus through your love?
What if Christians got over the yoga pants?
What if the square centimeters of visible skin showing on a woman's body didn't really matter?
What if men are actually capable of respecting women?
What if modesty were actually a virtue and not just a clothing standard?
What if a homosexual is deserving of your love and friendship?
What if it's okay to not go to church?
What if it's okay to not spend time daily in the Bible?
What if it doesn't have to just be the King James Version?
What if it doesn't matter so much that someone say and do all the right things?
What if Christians could accept someone for being real rather than simply embracing their facade?
What if Christians quit throwing the proverbial baby out with the bathwater and started truly caring for one another and reaching out to others?
What if it doesn't matter so much that you be a world-changer?
What if it did matter that you be the light in a stranger's day, a hug for a lonely friend, a smile for a sad child?
What if your heart were big enough and open enough to be the change in the world around you?
What if preaching the gospel was living the gospel?
What if Christians could see people through Jesus' eyes?
What if the world could see Jesus in Christians?
What if Christians were known for their love?
What if? What then? What would our world be like?