There’s already enough heartbreak in the world.
Why are we adding to it?
The sun is setting on anger. Wrapped up in justification. Smothered in unrighteous judgement.
The heat is on. Literally. In the moment. Why such angry words? Why such divisiveness?
In writing my books I’ve read a lot for research. I love to learn so I read a lot for that reason alone. In all that reading, and actually in real life experiences and observations, I’ve witnessed so many Christians speak in such mean spirited ways, not only to non-Christians but to other Believers as well. It saddens me tremendously.
I used to. Surprise, you?
My reason was because I was so extremely unhappy and depressed. And a bad habit of mean spirited thoughts and actions deeply rooted in my heart. Maybe you have different reasons but the roots have still grown deep. Or maybe you have been the recipient of such harshness just as I have since the renewing of my mind. It hurts, right? Actually it hurt me deeply back in the days I perpetrated it too. It all hurts.
But now… I’m not Saul. Now… I’m Paul. And I can see it and say it because I know it all too well. And I know the newness in Christ even better.
So I’ve been thinking about this for several years now. Now that I understand the root cause – not giving our ALL to God – I feel such heartache when I see it or experience it on the receiving side. The heartache heard around the world by so many. The heart that is not fully clinging to God.
No where does Christ say to speak anything like that harshness or meanness I’m speaking of … even in disagreeing. He says to Love our brothers and sisters in Him.
In Him. We are all in Him. ALL IN.
And to those who are not His through Christ? Well, we are not eternal judges. We are not mini-gods. We should be kind to one another for we know not. Only God sees into the hearts of man and determines whether they are His or not. But He tells us… Love One Another.
We won’t all agree but we must ask ourselves, “Is what I’m saying based on God’s Word or my own pride?” If it is based on God’s Word, there should only be loving words from our mouths.
I started a Google search like this recently:
Why are Christians…
Before I could fill anything in, the suggestion from popular searches came up and I was heart broken.
Why are Christians so mean?
There it is … heartache … heard around the world.
Now I’ve said this many times, but just to reiterate… I don’t like labels and I don’t like lumping people together in one group. Both things happen in that searched-for statement. But this time I’m way more bothered by the fact that so many people see us as mean. We have to ask ourselves WHY. And we must ask with an expectation of an honest answer and a plan for change.
To those who speak Truth in Love – keep going.
And when we receive harshness… I think these two helpful directives go together when we are facing those who are disagreeable or hurtful or when we are tempted to dish it out. I try to follow these when I’m tempted beyond righteous anger.
“Be angry and do not sin; do not let the sun go down on your anger, and give no opportunity to the devil.” ~ Ephesians 4:26-27 ES
“Do not rejoice when your enemy falls, and let not your heart be glad when he stumbles,” ~ Proverbs 24:17 ESV
Go and live in love. When anger knocks remember to stay within God’s boundaries. Even if something offends Him and we want to defend, we should do so with the thought… “They are His creation too. And they may just be eternally connected to me through Him.”
After all, will any of this unrighteous anger matter in eternity? Not one iota.
We’ve got to think with our hearts. ALL IN.
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