This possibility scares me beyond anything else out there! But I have had to look it in the eye. Am I? Am I someone who is not willing to stand up for their beliefs? I have thought a lot of things over lately and I am writing out a letter to the church (only a format, not really going to send a letter) about what my beliefs are and I have to ask myself. Have I watered down the gospel? Or merely misunderstood Jesus’ teachings?
I have always thought grace and love were the number one call of the Christian. Am I wrong? I have friends who are gay and I know most Christians would condemn them for being so. But I don’t. I love them. I love how accepting they are. Is this wrong of me? I have always been a fervent believer in the love the sinner hate the sin, but is this wrong? I am not the type to go from person to person handing out tracts or sharing the gospel with people.
Every friend I have – be they Christian or non-Christian – knows that I am a believer and I am a Christian, but have I fallen away? Have I misinterpreted God’s word? Have I watered down my testimony for fear of sharing the Bible with people? Have I fled discomfort and settled into a lukewarm state that will bring about no fruit?
I am scared.
Scared of the possibility that I have. Scared that I have given up on my friends.
I have always thought of the Gospel (which means Good News) preached of grace and love for one another. John 3:16 is the most quoted verse but 3:17 seems to be a better verse for our times. Most people who live in the U.S. know that Jesus came and died, but do they know why?
For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.
John 3:17 (KJV)
I can’t tell you how important this verse is to me. Jesus came not to condemn us! He came to save us. My friends who are gay should I condemn them? According to this verse I shouldn’t, but according to Christianity I should. Why has Christ and Christianity differed? What is wrong with those who follow Christ? Why do they then condemn the world when the founder of their religion did not? Why do Christians not follow Christ?
I was told today by someone that they “Hate organized religion.” I have to agree with this person. I do not believe in a religion. I believe in a Savior! The Gospels don’t speak of religion. They only speak of Jesus and his teachings. 1 John 4:7&8 points this out:
Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God. He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love.
1 John 4:7&8 (KJV)
Why do we then believe that we can condemn people? We even condemn each other! We condemn this Christian for being part of this denomination and that Christian for not believing in this “Biblical Principle”. What Biblical Principle allows those who are not God to condemn anyone? Just as I pointed out before in John 3:17 God doesn’t even condemn us why do we?
I am rambling now. That is all I have to say for now.