The Burned-Out Candle

Nowadays I find myself cringing when I hear non-Christians in our society talk about Christians. Why? Because they talk about how intolerant, hypocritical and hateful we are towards others. If this were not true, it would not bother me. Unfortunately they are speaking the truth and it breaks my heart.

Before I go on, I want to make it clear that I am not saying this is definitely not true of all Christians. What I am saying is that it is, unfortunately, true to the point that it has influenced modern society's perception of us.  

We are not perfect. We have all thought, said and done things (or not thought said and done things) which we regret. We did not behave like a Child of God and we know it. There is a difference between recognizing the error of your ways and repenting and justifying your behavior and continue to do the same old thing. In fact, sometimes we even go so far as to attempt to say we are doing it in the name of the Lord! 

I think social media has brought this light more than ever. I have often cringed at posts I have seen on the pages of people who profess to follow Jesus Christ. I have seen hateful messages about certain groups of people. Didn't Jesus tell us that we are to love our neighbor as ourselves? We have no business posting hateful messages about anyone regardless of who they are! If we are "concerned" about them, then our time would be better spent praying for them and "gasp" getting to know them so that we might introduce them to Jesus Christ.

Then there is the other side of the coin. I shudder when I see posts by Christians supporting wrong/bad behavior. They excuse the behavior or even attempt to justify it because of the individuals political party or their position. This is wrong. Jesus never, ever endorsed sinful behavior and neither should we, regardless of who that person is. We must pray for our leaders but we must never ignore wrong behavior. Jesus never did that either. The religious leaders of the day hated him for that very reason. He refused to ignore their sinful behavior and he called them out on it.

Not everything we post must be about God but everything we post should be pleasing to God. Our posts should encourage and build-up rather than tear down. We are able to be a light to a greater audience than ever before. Is our candle burning bright or is our candle burned out?

Joyce Bethy Ferguson @bethy ·

I could not have said it better .