I have noticed you. I have noticed your words and your actions. I have noticed that you want me to pray for this country, it’s leaders, and it’s direction. I have noticed you preach peace, love, patience, kindness, joy, hope, and trust in God. I have noticed that you consider yourself a person who represents Christ.
I have noticed something else, though. I have noticed the way you treat those who oppose you. I have noticed the way you argue the law and it’s politics. I have noticed that we cannot be friends if we disagree. I have noticed that it is not safe to ask you a question or have a civil discussion. I have noticed your fruit, and it doesn’t seem like the kind I would pick from.
You see, I wanted to be like you. I wanted what you had for a while, but I wasn’t sure how to ask. I was intimidated and scared and unsure. I wanted that love, hope, and faith that you so openly professed. I wanted to know what you knew and have the same peace that you had. I thought I wanted to know Jesus, and I almost did.
But now, now I don’t think I want what you have. It seems you have a lot of anxiety and anger and I already have enough of that on my own. It seems your open heart lacks an open mind, and I need that because I am not as holy as you. It seems you don’t want to be friends with me because my opinions are different than yours, and I just don’t have the energy to argue with you. I don’t want to feel less than. I don’t want to feel unworthy. I don’t want to feel hate. I don’t know this God who you claim gives you an excuse to act this way on His behalf, but I don’t want to.
Thank you for helping me see the light,
A person who almost knew Jesus.
I wrote this because the world is divided more than ever and needs so much more of Jesus. Instead of using this time to serve the Lord and bring others to Him, many of us are choosing to be exclusive and keep Him all to ourselves, isolating those who aren’t “just like us”.
We need to remember who we represent to this world when we wear the label “Christian”. People are watching. People are noticing. Every word that comes from us, every action or reaction, is not just a reflection of who we are, but whose we are.
If conviction is your reaction to this, good. It should be. We all should take a close look at what other people see in us, especially now. It’s time to start bringing people in, not leaving them out.
Dear Christian, let’s be better. For Him.
Psalm 46:10. Exodus 14:14. John 3:16. Matthew 18:12. Jonah 2:8. Matthew 6:24. Psalm 34:16-35:11. 1 Timothy 2:1-2. Isaiah 46:10. Deuteronomy 31:3. Titus 3:9. Matthew 28:19-20. Jeremiah 29:11. 2 Corinthians 10:16. 2 Timothy 4:17. Psalm 29:11. Luke 22:42. Isaiah 55:8-9. Romans 8:28. Colossians 1:16. Deuteronomy 14:2. Philippians 1:6. Matthew 6:1-34. James 4:3. Colossians 4:5-6. Galatians 5:22-23. Ephesians 5:1. John 13:34-35.
“For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast”.