Perfect People? Really?
The other day in our circle time the question was why do people think Christians are so perfect? So thinking that was actually sarcastic as we who claim to be believers are far from perfect. Indeed, we are well aware that perfection is not something we will see on this side of things.
So really maybe the question is more about why are Christians so arrogant as to their standing before God. It seems we Christians are talking about either all the blessings God is giving us (Joel Osteen?) or about managing our sin natures (pick up something from the neo-reformed). Sigh, both really poor marks of what this faith is all about I think.
So I guess our stigma really is something we bring on to ourselves. Maybe part of this problem is that we, like the world around us, speak from both sides of our mouths. A thought to chew on.
In the group we spoke about learning to be accepting of people who are gay. Now not looking to make a statement on validity, rather solely the question of how we Christians deal with this issue. The young lady making the point was that if we are people of grace shouldn’t we be engaging in the dialogue? Good question!
Then we looked at the so-called Bible thumpers and how we react to them. In our group pretty much severe dislike and asking why, I was told well I don’t like people who force/impose their views on me. Hmmm, is there a gay rights agenda? The young lady told us her friend rejected people who wouldn’t at least listen.
OK with all of that but sort of wondering how do we distinguish, as people of faith, how we treat those two wildly opposing groups? Back to that idea, if we are people of grace shouldn’t we be people who listen and respond with respect, at a bare minimum, to people? Regardless of whether they are gay or Bible thumping Christians?
If not, and we humans are awesome at supplying really reasonable sounding justifications, then maybe we look foolish and really are people who speak from both sides of our mouths. I’m wondering if the real question is more about who are we becoming rather than how whether we agree with them.
Aren’t we becoming people who actually offer an alternative to the prevailing culture? Right now our culture tells us listen to the gay community but put down those crazy Bible thumpers. Paul tells us in Ephesians 4:17,
Now this I say and testify in the Lord, that you must no longer walk as the Gentiles do, in the futility of their minds.
Ouch! Not against others but being people set apart – people of grace first?
What do you think?
Be blessed and be a blessing.