There's not much you can do today without offending someone.
Honestly, it's quite sickening. I mean, you see it all the time...and not just between complete strangers. We see it in friendships, in FAMILIES. We cut each other off, we don't talk to each other, we treat each other unkindly all too often.
Listen! I get it! Someone offends you, someone says something that you don't like, you get HURT, and in the heat of the moment we ALL say things we don't mean. But let me speak to my Christian friends for a moment. Because here's what I DON'T get...
We say we love God so much, but somewhere along the road we've convinced ourselves that we can't put up with someone else's sin, their short comings, or how they have offended us.
This is a craziness. Especially in the church. I see it first hand, and it's why for the longest time I didn't even want to go to church, and this is coming from a girl who loves church, always has. But honestly, I just began to see how vile people in the church became once my church clothes got dirty and I didn't measure up to the standards of "the church". My sin was too great for their God I guess....
Christians, STOP being MEAN. I'm serious. We were NOT called to be mean people to the adulterous woman, to gays, transexuals, people who have been divorced, those with drug addictions, alcoholics, or anyone else who has fallen. I know that is some hard truth for some of you to swallow, but listen y'all, we don't need to be kicked down when we've fallen! When someone messes up, they already know they've messed up! They need us to LOVE THEM until God can heal their brokenness. That's what we, as Christians are CALLED to do.
Because here's the thing...God loves US like we've never hurt Him.
What if we told all of those who offended us that it was OK, showed them a little grace and let them know that God hasn't given up on them! What if we let them know that they had a purpose, even when they kept breaking God's heart.
He won't give up on you.
Even when you break His rules.
He just says turn around, reconcile your relationship with me and with others.
He wants to have a relationship with me and he took the first step to reconcile the relationship that I broke with him.
So as hard as it may be, when people OFFEND you and I, or don't live the way WE think they should be living, we are CALLED to LOVE them JUST AS THEY ARE, it's honestly the ONLY way.
I'm so grateful I kept trying to find a church. I'm so thankful I didn't give up. Because there are churches who love people. My church loves people. All people. We are a church, who loves addicts, alcoholics, or anyone else jacked up...who wants to walk into the doors to seek a relationship with Him. We know you'll fall a thousand more times, and we'll be here to pick you up and help you when you do.
This is what church is about. This is what Christianity is about. Loving people, just like Jesus did.