Growing up in a Southern Baptist church, the old hymn “Let Others See Jesus in You” was a standard. While this is a good song, I’m not sure that people realize what they are saying as they sing it.
If Christians really believed and meant what was implied by this song, there would be no room for discourse even in the Christian faith much less between Christians and other “religions.” No class of people would feel condemned because of the way Christians look at or treat them because of their race, ethnic background, sexual orientation, social class, etc. By the way, who deputized certain Christians to be the lifestyle police? No person should be made to feel lesser than because another person thinks it is their right to pass judgment on them. What ever happened to loving and having grace on each other?
“Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?” Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.” Matthew 22:36-40 (NIV)
Notice that the scripture says “LOVE the Lord your God…….and LOVE your neighbor as yourself.” It does not say condemn, judge, ridicule, belittle, make to feel lesser than, etc. It says to LOVE! That’s it, period!
Mahatma Gandhi said “I like your Christ. I do not like your Christians. They are so unlike your Christ.” I tend to agree with him. There are some Christians that make it hard to like them. They go to church on Sunday and Wednesday. They go to small groups. They worship God and are sincere in doing it (or at least appear to be). But let one person live a life they disagree with or do something they deem unacceptable and they turn into anything other than a Christian. And Jesus is definitely not seen in them.
But no matter how judgmental, condemning and hypocritical these “Christians” are, I still love them. Because the same grace and love that Jesus showed me and constantly shows me is the same love that I should show them and everyone else I come in contact with. It’s all about LOVE!
So let me just say that no matter who you are – Christian, non-christian, Buddhist, Hindu, Muslim, straight, gay, rich, poor, black, white, etc. Jesus loves you and so do I!