I hope you guys have been well over the holiday weekend.
You know a lot times as Christians we put a lot of emphasis on staying clean, and to that point we push everyone around us to be clean just like us (or just like we desire to be). First of all, let’s define the meaning of clean. When I say clean, I’m speaking of those set of spoken and unspoken rules that you better not break or you just might not make it in to heaven. You know “those” rules.
Though striving to live a clean life for Christ is commendable, it can become a two-edged sword. I have seen church people judge people and even evaluate the measure of Love that God will give an individual based on how they keep the rules or not. I have also seen individuals concentrate so on getting or staying clean that when they make a mistake they are so guilt ridden and find it hard to grasp the Love and forgiveness of God for themselves.
We can easily start to preach and evangelize this hard to understand, legalistic gospel that leaves very little room for grey. This ideology also affects how we evangelize and who we evangelize to. We tend to shun the person that is “too far gone” The dirtier the individual the less we will embark any kind of evangelism with them.
Hear is what the bible says about ALL of us in Isaiah 64:6
All of us have become like one who is unclean, and all our righteous acts are like filthy rags; we all shrivel up like a leaf, and like the wind our sins sweep us away.
So in essence we are all in the same boat, we are all dirty. The difference is those that follow Jesus decides to take part in the Grace of God everyday that keeps our Judgement from our sins remedial and not penal.
Have you been so concerned about living an upright life before God that you have turned legalistic? Are you judging others by those same hard legalistic points of view?
If you answered yes to any of the above questions, I want to challenge you to get to know God again. His way is easy and His burden is light!