By Jim Witcher, First Christian Church
Christianity’s problem is Christians who don’t act Christ like! We are taught in Scripture to imitate Christ in everything. And yet many Christians do just the opposite. When our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ walked the earth he loved everyone.
You cannot find a single example where he said a bad thing against anyone except the religious leaders of the day. Those he called as a brood of vipers. Everyone one else he loved and accepted as he found them. This does not mean that he approved of their action. He simply loved them as they were. Let me give you two examples. Jesus and the Samaritan Woman John 4:16-18 (NIV) 16 he told her, “Go, call your husband and come back.” 17 I have no husband,” she replied.
Jesus said to her, “You are right when you say you have no husband. 18 The fact is, you have had five husbands, and the man you now have is not your husband. What you have just said is quite true.” Notice that Christ simply told her the truth. He did not jump on her as a sinner. He did not condemn her. In fact, she is the first one that Christ offered the living water. John 4:10 (NIV) 10 Jesus answered her, “If you knew the gift of God and who it is that asks you for a drink, you would have asked him and he would have given you living water.” Also look at the woman caught in adultery. John 8:3-11 (NIV)
3 The teachers of the law and the Pharisees brought in a woman taught in adultery. They made her stand before the group 4 and said to Jesus, “Teacher, this woman was caught in the act of adultery. 5 In the Law Moses commanded us to stone such women. Now what do you say?” 6 They were using this question as a trap, in order to have a basis for accusing him.
But Jesus bent down and started to write on the ground with his finger. 7 When they kept on questioning him, he straightened up and said to them, “If any one of you is without sin, let him be the first to throw a stone at her.” 8 Again he stooped down and wrote on the ground. 9 At this, those who heard began to go away one at a time, the older ones first, until only Jesus was left, with the woman still standing there. 10 Jesus straightened up and asked her, “Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?” 11 No one, sir,” she said. “Then neither do I condemn you,” Jesus declared. “Go now and leave your life of sin.”
I don’t know if it is true or not but I’ve been told that what Jesus was writing in the dirt was all of the sins of those around Him! If we Christians remembered that Jesus knows all of our sins and has not condemned us for them, in face he died to forgive us of them, I believe that there would be a lot less condemning on our part and that there would definitely be a lot more forgiving. You should have noticed that Christ didn’t condone the woman’s sin, he simply did not condemn her.
Let me sum this up with two simple truths. First we are to imitate Christ. And secondly we are never to become “little gods” enforcing our own private rules on others.
Then we will be part of the solution and not part of the problem.