It doesn’t matter what side of any issue you are on at this point, the reality is that we all need to shut up and take a step back for a moment. We have collectively forgotten what it means to be grateful for the things we have…we have forgotten what it means to be gracious toward one another…and truthfully, we have forgotten what it means to love one another.
It’s quite despicable, really, to take a step back and look at the overgrown children we have become…we have no respect for anyone, including ourselves, which is where I will start this conversation…we have become selfish, but we try to pass it off as if we are being victimized in some form or fashion. Are we though? Is it any worse for one than another?
Let’s just be clear, to everyone who is saying that “My Jesus wouldn’t look that way or act that way!” Disclaimer – this is for people on both sides of the issues – the reality is that Jesus wouldn’t look like any of us…we are sinners, we are physically and morally unable to be anything more than the trash that we are…sorry, truth hurts. So, with that being said…are any of us worthy to be a moral compass for anyone else? Short answer: NO, so stop trying to pass off Jesus as someone who fits into your box and looks like you, he doesn’t.
This is where I’m reminded of Revelation 5 where we see John weep because when it came to opening the scroll, “No one was found worthy”…did you catch that? NO ONE! We do go on to find that One was worthy, the slaughtered Lamb who took away the sins of the world; but this stirred John’s heart because NO ONE was worthy…and if we look at the world around us today, again, NO ONE is worthy to be a moral guide for anyone else…Even the holiest among us is still a mere man who is at best a sinner in need of the saving grace of God.
So, why shut up? Because we have become disgraceful in how we live life…so much so that we have begun to attack the very ones that need to see the grace of God at work. We attack others because of their “sins”, but we fail to realize that we too are sinners. Just because someone sins differently than you, it does not make them a worse person.
NEWS FLASH…”All have sinned and fall short of the Glory of God.” – Romans 3:23
You want to talk about being inclusive? This is likely one of the most inclusive stances that you can take; straight from the scripture…we are ALL sinners! Hate to burst your bubble…but it’s a reality that we must understand. So…please stop trying to be a moral compass and professional splinter remover…
Just imagine what a world it would be if we could focus on the plank that rests in our own eyes…instead we have become blind to the sin that we need to overcome.
Thank God for His mercy and grace, that overcomes the vilest of hearts and can bring us all into a relationship with Him…but for us to truly experience Him, we need to stop trying to interpret the scripture for everyone…the Spirit gives guidance and clarity, we just need to share God’s love.
Colossians 3:14-15 – “But above all these things, put on love, which is the bond of perfection; And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to which also you were called in one body; and be thankful.”
Paul is clear…
Put on love – wear it, live in it, share it, love one another!
Be unified – we are called to be ONE body…
And be thankful! Be content in your situation; stop demanding that people see things your way or that they give you what you “deserve”. The reality is, all you deserve is death….we already saw that all have sinned, and the wages of that sin is death (Romans 5:8).
So please….can we all just shut up and love one another…the way we were commanded to?
“Love one another, as I have loved you…” – John 15:12