As a member of the Christian community, it is easy to become disillusioned with who we are and for whom Christ died. Allow me to qualify my previous statement. We have a propensity to point fingers and judge others about their lifestyles, while simultaneously forgetting that such were some of us at one point or another. In fact, some of us still are slipping here and sliding there, all while putting on a second (sometimes a third or fourth) face in the public’s eye.
I am writing this while reflecting upon recent events such as, the massacre in South Carolina, Bruce/Caitlyn Jenner debate, racism/cultural competency, as well as, various other matters of concern. As the ambassadors of Christ and God’s Kingdom, we really must take into consideration of how we respond to these issues. Am I saying to straddle the fence and compromise? Not at all. What I am saying is that we must remember that (for the most part) we understand what the Bible has to say about many of these things; however, conversely, we cannot expect the unbeliever to share the same perspective.
Our approach to addressing these issues should always be Biblically based, seasoned with grace, mercy, compassion and love with which God extended to us through His Son, our Savior, Jesus. It is not our job to change people. Our responsibility is to present them with the Word of Truth and allow the Holy Spirit to do what He is capable of doing. At the end of the day, we are only ambassadors of the Kingdom, not the King. We are only supposed to convey His message of love to them, and allow them to arrive at their decision based upon hearing what we have said.
We really have to think about the things we say before we say them. Once our words have entered the atmosphere, regardless of how many times or ways we may apologize, they can never be retracted. Our words have the power win someone, or lose them…forever!…#thinkonthesethings