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Saturday, March 12, 2011

The Ugly Christian

I was insensed when I read this article:
This is unbelievable. Did they not see in the Bible Jesus' commands us to love one another as He loved us? Where is the love in this article? I don't see any, do you?
Our whole goals as Christians, as I see it, are (1) To love God with all our heart, soul, mind, and strength, and (2) To lead others to love God in that same way. To tell each person that God loves him/her so much He would forgive him/her of anything and everything he/she did wrong.
I don't see any indication in the words of Christ that God would punish the State of Pennsylvania by killing 7 children. Instead, I think He would send comforters, people who will show His love to these children's parents and friends.
Think about it this way: Jill is a non-Christian living in the State of Wherever. Jill's family is killed in a horrific accident. As Jill is reeling from the blow, Bill walks up to her and says this is God's punishment for not going to church, for not listening to a given preacher, for living in sin in some way or another.
Betty comes up to Jill, covered dish in hand. She says, "I know you don't know me, but God does. He sent me to you because He loves you, and He grieves with you, and He wants to help you. Now, where can I help?" Betty takes Jill in her arms and holds her while she sobs out her grief on Betty's shoulder, listens while Jill pours out her sorrow into Betty's ears.
Who will win Jill to Christ, do you think?
Hatred has no place in Christ's plan to win the world for God. Love in action does.
God's best blessing on you.
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