These are three words, and I’m sure that there are many more we could include in this entry, that are NOT synonymous with Christianity. In fact, I can guarantee you that they are in direct opposition to our New Testament instructions from Jesus- to LOVE!
Over the last week, I have personally experienced all three of these “strategies” from those claiming to be followers of Christ. My intent for this blog entry isn’t to “shame” or “guilt” any of these individuals, but rather address this very important issue. This needs to be addressed.
As a church planter, I get to experience all types of comments and stories from others. Some are good, but many are negative experiences others have had in the church. And generally, they use this experience to justify their avoidance of anything church related. I understand their position. Our approach to engaging others for Christ can have long lasting implications. Negative experiences can deter others from experiencing the joy we have in Christ. This should be the motivation for making sure we accurately reflect the image of Christ! I do not want to be the one responsible for turning someone off of Jesus.
Guilting someone into going to church won’t work. It won’t last. They might attend a few services, but most likely won't continue attending. Shaming someone for the way they live in an effort to reach them won’t work either. Bullying? Well, that never works. But, you’d be surprised how often these unbiblical strategies are exercised. Please stop them. They accomplish only the opposite outcome.
We are to lead by example. Not bully. Not shaming others. Not guilting others. WE ARE TO LOVE! This is a fundamental building block for living a life for Christ. Once we fully understand how much God loves us, and the love Christ showed on the cross for us, we’ll begin to truly understand how we are to show that love to others.
God doesn’t shame us- He humbles us. God doesn’t guilt us- He convicts us. God doesn’t bully us- He loves us. Let’s try to be more like how God wants us to be- Love! Let’s spread that love to others! That's true representation!
From time to time, Rev D posts random thoughts about life as a Pastor and Servant of Christ. He has a unique perspective. Blog entries are posted randomly.