I love this line from “Jesus Friend of Sinners” by Casting Crowns.
“No one knows what we’re for only against when we judge the wounded
What if we put down our signs crossed over the lines and loved like You did”
It happens, though, doesn’t it? No matter how much we say we don’t, the truth is we do judge non-Christians with Christian values. And that’s wrong, my friends.
When people who dont know Jesus come into church we can’t expect them to measure up to some perceived level of “goodness!” We’re called to love messy, people, arent we?
Nothing breaks my heart more than watching someone who messes up run as far as possible from the church. Why do you think that happens?
I believe in our attempt to help, we often times come at them from our our Christian understanding of repentance. And sadly, that only causes them to turn away in shame. I believe this is a big reason non-Christians don’t buy a word we say.
We can’t say we love people, welcome them into the church, and then look down on them when make wrong decisions.
I came to the church messy and dirty. I was loved with no expectation to clean up my act – and for that, I am so appreciative. Bit i just watched someone have a totally different experience. For that I’m deeply saddened.
So this post is for all my Christian brothers and sisters. Please, remember the mercy you received. Tred lightly when you’re tempted to judge that person sitting next to you.