Good Saturday morning to you! Coffee is in hand and I was all ready to give you Day 1 in the journey to which my surgery begins with my first pre-op appointment; until I looked at twitter and saw this….
“Don’t call yourself a Christian if you go out on Friday nights and get drunk…then come to church on Sunday & act like a different person.”- Twitter User
When I read this I honestly thought that my head would my jump off my shoulders and roll down the hallway. I knew then that I needed to shelve my plans for this blog and call this out for what it is; a lie from the pit of Hell itself. Let me explain….
While going out and getting drunk is probably not at the top of the priority list for what Jesus has in His plans for you, calling out one’s salvation based on a action is a very dangerous thing to do and what is EXACTLY what is wrong with the church today. If this person is saying that going out and getting drunk on said Friday night excludes you from Christianity then lets look a little deeper at the things that should also disqualify you from “the club”.
- Looking at another person with lust in your heart
- Holding anger or resentment towards another person
- Eating too much
- Sloth (excessive laziness or the failure to act and utilize one’s talents)
- Avarice ( an excessive pursuit of material possessions)
Shall I go on? Hopefully you are catching what I’m smelling right now. Do you think that the person that tweeted this out has ever done any of the above this past week? Do you think that going out and getting drunk on a Friday night is any worse that the above list? Wanna know a secret? NO ITS NOT! God does not weigh your sins; that is for another religion. This thing we call Christianity is not a religion but a relationship that is based on one thing and one thing only; a real relationship with Jesus Christ. One that will involve you making mistakes and having a lapse of judgment. It does NOT take away your salvation or disqualify you from being a Christian. It makes you the very reason that Jesus died on that cross over 2,000 years ago; so you can make a mistake and still have eternal life and follow Him (aka being a Christian)
I guess what bothers me so much about this is because whoever this was directed at is not nurturing or loving as Jesus would be but instead judgmental and assumptive. This one tweet could lead so many people astray and today there is simply no room or time for it. I would further say that everyone reading this, including myself, could be guilty of everything on that above list at one time or another; what does that mean? It means we are sinners needing of Grace, not judgement from someone that clearly does not understand the meaning of being a Christ follower. Am I advocating going out and getting drunk? Of course not! As Christ followers we should always strive to live for Him the best we can, but unlike this guy on Twitter, Jesus is there to pick us up, dust us off, and get us back on the road.
My friends, let us stand together! In this world today the last thing we need is to be divisive. We need to first understand what TRULY being a Christ follower is all about, then supporting one another WHEN we fall. Can we do that today? Can we stop with the divisiveness and judgmental comments and viewpoints? Give me your thoughts; either comment here on this post or drop me an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. (No you wont be put on a mailing list, just some conversation). Have a great Saturday everyone..
Peace, Love, and Truth,