While I don’t scream Jesus in every post I do here, my faith is a constant thread in what I write. This isn’t because I work at it, or I think am supposed to do it; my faith is a deep part of who I am and I couldn’t hide it if I tried.
My faith is also a huge part of my marriage. The Bible has helped be a far better husband than I could have been on my own. What’s more, understanding He died for me when I am so imperfect makes it so much easier for me to love my imperfect wife.
However, I don’t want to give a sermon or an altar call today. I want to offer an apology to those who don’t follow Jesus. I want to apologise for the way those who claim to follow Jesus have treated you. I want to apologise for the name-calling, the anger (which is a cover for fear), and the ignorance. Unfortunately, many who call themselves Christians don’t understand how Jesus commanded us to relate to the world. Jesus never condemned, put-down, or tried to change those who did not follow God. Jesus reserved His chastising, correction, and wrath for those who claimed to be following God – primarily for the leaders who were leading wrongly. To those who did not know God, Jesus showed love, compassion, and kindness. He wanted them to experience the love of God.
Many who follow Jesus mistakenly think they were called to fix the world by making laws and forcing people to “do what is right”. While their desire may be good, they are acting outside of what the Bible says, and they have abandoned love for laws. “Love the sinner, hate the sin” sounds nice, but it’s not in the Bible and most who say it aren’t doing it. Please, forgive us for this; it’s not how our Lord taught us to treat you.
If you follow Jesus, please consider that much of what we do in His name has nothing to do with what He did or what He told us to do. Much of what we do drives people away from Him rather than drawing them in. I pray we will all see where we have failed so we might become better witnesses of His love and glory.
He is risen, He is risen indeed.
Great tweet of the week:
Stop score-keeping! It’s radical. It’s hard. But truthfully it’s the way we R called to live & love @marriagejourney
Links to blog posts that stood out to me this last week:
The Generous Wife
Quadruple Word Score ◄ Let anyone think we are perfect (and for the record I was being a bit selfish because I was feeling entitled.)
A Bit of Help ◄ What can you do to make life easier?
Say Yes ◄ How do you feel when you are told no?
The Quick Anger of Inconvenience ◄ Don’t put it on your spouse!
Hot, Holy and Humorous
Journey to Surrender
True Love Gives Without Condition ◄ We can never prefect this, but we must try none-the-less.
Laugh Your Way to a Better Marriage
The Divorce Myth Part 2 ◄ No marriage is easy!
One Flesh Marriage
Speak No – Evil ◄ Are you withholding from your wife? Sex is not the only thing withheld in marriages.
Redeeming Marriages with Jack and Janet
Redeeming Marriages ◄ God’s love can bring redemption to your marriage.
The Romantic Vineyard
7 Things We Don’t Do To Hurt Our Marriage ◄ This is a great count-point to all the what we do in our marriage posts!
…to Love Honor and Vacuum
Don’t Be in the Dark About Your Family’s Finances ◄ Could your wife take care of the finances is something happened to you? If not, fix that ASAP!