It never ceases to amaze me how older people, particularly "church folk" with vast experiential knowledge act as if they've always been as mature as they are currently. As if they've always been PERFECT.
Obviously, better stated, hopefully, the 24-year-old version of you wouldn't behave, dress, speak, think, etc. like the 14-year-old version of you. However, the 30, 40, and so on versions of ourselves tend to develop convenient amnesia regarding our past. Specifically, our poor choices, decision-making, and the lesson learned from the series of consequences resulting from our choices.
Many of us will unmercifully bash the younger generations and our peers as if we are perfect, without faults or sins. For this, we ought to be ashamed of ourselves. We oftentimes miss opportunities to draw people in, as we were, with love and kindness. Instead, we push people out and away with #Hypocritical #Condemnation rhetoric.
We often fail to extend to others the measure of grace, compassion, empathy, and encouragement we received. We tend to act as if we've always had it together. You and I know that is not true.
Understanding this truth, why do we continue to participate in and or perpetuate the Hypocritical Condemnation of those who have yet to arrive at a higher level of growth and maturity? Why do we not seize these opportunities to share our testimonies to strengthen, encourage and provide hope? Why do "so-called Christians" not find value in paying it forward? It is the Love of the Christ.
Oftentimes, "So-Called Christians" who self-identify as Evangelicals, Baptists, Lutherans, Presbyterians, Pentecostals, Catholics, etc., can not be distinguished from non-Believers. One could contend that there's no love, life, or power within these particular people. And because of this, they stand and present as poor representatives of Christ, Christianity, and the Church.
It's past time for True Believers to take a stand. It's time for True Believers to model Christ and be the best Ambassadors we can be. Live the Christian Life and put an end to Hypocritical Condemnation.
John 3:16-17 | Romans 8:1-2 | Matthew 22:36-40
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