They'll Know Us by Our Love

We sure are seeing a lot of hatred these days and sadly among many that call themselves Christians.  We all understand that we are not to love sin, and definitely not the world and all it offers, but we ARE to love people.  How can you say you are like Christ by using the name, Christian, and yet spend your life detailing sinner's lives online and wishing they'd rot in hell?  Is that your loving your enemies?  Is that what Jesus did?

Matthew 5:44  

But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you; 

Don't you remember when Jesus started his earthly ministry and went into the brothels and whipped them out and then he headed over to the places of ill repute and told them they were horrible people?  Oh wait, I'm sorry, my bad - I got it backwards!  Jesus actually went into the CHURCH and whipped them out who were making God's house a house of merchandise!  Jesus told the religious leaders just how horrible they were and that they were a bunch of hypocrites!  Jesus ate with the sinners and allowed one to even wash his feet with her tears and dry it with her hair.  That's Jesus.  I'm not sure who these people are today that are impersonating being Christ-followers that are rejoicing over the death of a recent shooter and being glad she is rotting in hell.  They aren't Christians and I'm really tired of them bringing a reproach to the real Christians.

If Christians would judge those within its walls and get right, maybe others would recognize what we are supposed to be standing for.  Yet, Christians are busy on social media bashing trans people, homosexuals, the world's pop stars and whatever else, when we aren't supposed to be even judging those without!  We should be displaying love, giving our enemies a drink, turning the other cheek and on and on - remember those instructions left by our Saviour!?  They'll know us by our love!!

John 13:35  

By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another. 

Leave the abortion clinics alone.  Leave the Only Fans community alone.  Leave the LGBTQ people alone.  It isn't the mission of the Christian to march in public crusades against sinners.  God has already condemned sin in the Word of God and we are just to preach the Word and His salvation of deliverance.  What we should be doing is judging from within and cleaning up our churches.  But yet, churches leave the people in the church alone and let them remain in their pews steeped in sin and allow wolves to devour the sheep.

Clarke's commentary fits well:

If all the fornicators, adulterers, drunkards, extortioners, and covetous persons which bear the Christian name, were to be publicly excommunicated from the Christian Church, how many, and how awful would the examples be! If however the discipline of the visible Church be so lax that such characters are tolerated in it, they should consider that this is no passport to heaven. In the sight of God they are not members of his Church; their citizenship is not in heaven, and therefore they have no right to expect the heavenly inheritance. It is not under names, creeds, or professions, that men shall be saved at the last day; those alone who were holy, who were here conformed to the image of Christ, shall inherit the kingdom of God. Those who expect it in any other way, or on any other account, will be sadly deceived.

Time to clean the church up and start showing love to a lost and dying world!  God doesn't call Christians to activism against sinners and politics aren't something we should be striving for.  God never advocated for crusades and wars in the New Testament and He sure didn't tell us to set up a utopian Christian government and force others to obey the Bible.  We are to live peaceably with all men, love our neighbor as ourselves, love our enemies, do good to those that persecute and hurt us - in other words, BE AN EXAMPLE and a light to this darkened world!  I'm reminded of the old song, get right church and let's go home!