Something I've been thinking about recently is the way Christians are viewed by non-Christians. A lot of them look down on us and call us hypocrites. And in a lot of ways, they'd be right. We can never live up to the standards of our Saviour, and so we strive to be humble and live as reflections of the grace we've received.
But something I've noticed recently is a huge trend of Christians "bashing" or talking down about other Christians. And I know I, myself, have definitely been guilty of this :( It's something I've been working on. But as I've noticed it in my own life, I've also noticed it all around me. Social media is probably the place where it is worst.
Y'all know I appreciate some things from the "Duck Dynasty" Robertson Family - and I really like some of the things she said in this video.
Now, don't get me wrong, I do think it's important that Christians be honest with each other and point out errors in each other's lives to them in love, we need to help each other and stop each other from back-sliding - but that needs to be done one on one, or with a couple of people, but NOT on social media or by spreading rumours.
As she says - Judgement is not what we are about. The greatest command in God's word is that we are to LOVE. Matthew 22:
Now, of course, true love means being honest, so we have to be honest with each other about tough things sometimes - I have wonderful friends who do this for me, and I SO appreciate it! But that's not what I'm getting at, I'm getting at when people who don't really know one another get on social media and make judgements about other Christians. This sets such a terrible example to those who don't believe.
Jesus last prayer on earth was for something we don't really expect - it was for unity amongst believers.