I came across a “Christian” blog post the other day and read it – which I never do. Deep inside, I was curious to see if the author would surprise me – although they never do.
And surely enough, the tone was very… how should I put it? Old testament like.
When Jesus came, there was already an ongoing situation with religion and religious people that was not surprising back then – and is not surprising now.
I’m talking about this stiff, judgmental, cold-hearted, hypocritical and legalist tone that the great majority of Christians has.
Being a Christian is about being freed by God’s love, a love that we are blessed with through God’s grace. And Paul describes the fruit of this spirit perfectly in Galatians 5:22-23:
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.
Now this blog post I read was talking about Christian friendships. And I wanted to write today about how far it was from the truth. Being a Christian is not about letting others know how they are at fault – cause, yup, that was the point the author was making!
I believe in praying for others when I suspect they are making poor decisions for themselves. I say “suspect” because what do we know of God’s ways, really? God can use a particularly difficult situation to bring good on us. In fact, it is in our weakness that his power is strengthened in us – and that is also his way of strengthening us in love.
That judgmental and cold-hearted blog post was painful to read, but it also reminded me that I rely on God’s grace not to turn to those loveless ways. And I do believe that from time to time I turn to those ways and have to back off from myself.
Our Christian tone ultimately depends on how much of a ‘fight’ we put up with the worst in ourselves. In other words, the evil that inhabits us is always there, but if we choose to live under God’s grace and not under the law, we will make it – because the righteous will live by faith.
For all who rely on the works of the law are under a curse, as it is written: “Cursed is everyone who does not continue to do everything written in the Book of the Law. Clearly no one who relies on the law is justified before God, because the righteous will live by faith. — Galatians 3 10-11