Church folks are something.
I mean those good ol’ stuffy, sanctified and holier than Mother Mary church folks. Good old judgy church folk that can quote all the scriptures about what, where and how you’re living is wrong but happen to skip over the one that says:
“Judge not, that you be not judged. For with the judgment you pronounce you will be judged, and with the measure you use it will be measured to you. Why do you see the speck that is in your brother’s eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye? Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when there is the log in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother’s eye.”
That’s Matthew 7:1-5 for you good, scripture quoting folks.
From clothing, parenting, music and everyday living someone has something to say about someone else. But at what point does this constructive criticism become an attack on your fellow brothers or sisters in Christ in the name of the Lord? For example:
Let’s be real for a minute. There are women who are in church every other day with skirts down to their knees and turtlenecks on who are sleeping with the next woman’s husband. A woman’s apparel isn’t what makes her sanctified and Christian-like. It’s her character and integrity that does that.
In my opinion, it seems that too many saints have confused being a Christian with being religious. We have a church full of religious people who don’t seem to know how to act Christian-like. They’re too busy shoving religion down the throats of others or condemning others who are attempting to walk right just because they don’t walk the same way, to recognize that their behavior might make Jesus flip a table or two.
When Kirk Franklin released his new cd, Losing My Religion, there were so many people who were upset about his title. However, I feel like he was on point in what he was saying. In his album pamphlet, he states that religion has been “man’s approach throughout history to define and create a path to God, but God has already done that for us. Fall in love with the SON, and you will find yourself on that path.”
What if we lost our “religion” indeed and instead practiced our Christianity? Would we not have a better chance to show the love of Jesus Christ to others?
How is that behavior ushering others into the house of the Lord?
At what point do we begin to check ourselves and question our own motives and actions when dealing with others in the name of the Lord?
So I leave you with this quote by Archibald Macleish:
“Religion is at its best when it makes us ask hard questions of ourselves. It is at its worst when it deludes us into thinking we have all the answers for everybody else.”
I’m just saying.