These are not very nice words associated with not very nice feelings.
These negative feelings can easily be put on, likes pieces of clothing, covering up our souls, bodies and spirits. We can dress ourselves in these sad feelings as quickly as we can dress ourselves in the feelings of:
Humble and unconceited
Integrated and included
Thinking the best of and not jumping to conclusions
But here’s the thing. I know which feelings I would rather clothe myself in. Today and everyday. And I know what feelings I would like my friends to be dressed in.
And I know my written words have the potential to dress people in feelings.
As corny as it sounds – I love all my friends. I really cherish friendships and I really value my non-Christian friendships as much as my Christian friends. BUT I fear I clothe my non-Christian friends with my arrogance from time to time. I fear I throw ideas out there that alienate them and I fear these friends bear the brunt of a lot of my ill-assumed ideas.
Do you ever stop to think about what yours and my ‘Christianese’ does to our friends?
Our social media worlds filled with Christian-speak?
When you’ve been a Christian for a while you have certain things ingrained in you. You think and speak certain things in a certain way because it is what you believe and what you can relate to and some of it is a direct result of the hand of God at work in your life. Changing you. Moulding you. The master heart surgeon at work.
And this is good and this is right and we shouldn’t hide our lights. For we may indeed be the only bible some people read.
In this and through this, my words still need to bless others. Not to assume superiority.
In this and through this, what needs to come first always to Christian and non-Christians are words that are loving, kind and thoughtful.
The gospel does offend people. We are in a battle where people’s eyes and ears are blinded to the truth. There will always be people in my life who don’t understand the way I think, and the way I live. I can be open and honest with my thoughts, beliefs and convictions – but I can do it with conscious thought as to not appear arrogant. Not to alienate the minority of my non-Christian friends from my majority of Christian friends. And not to assume that all my friends are on the same wave-length as me.
“Behold, I send you out as sheep in the midst of wolves. Therefore be wise as serpents, and harmless as doves.” – Matthew 10:16