Something a friend shared today really broke my heart. I don't know why... I mean, I hear things like that so often. People get so disgusted and turned-off by the way we Christians behave that they decide if we are His representatives, then they want nothing to do with such a God.
It made me examine my own life; and I know I've often had this niggling thought at the back of my head about the way I behave. And it grieved me to think that many, many people have been so hurt by what we do and what we say that they don't want to know Jesus.
It is one thing to not show Jesus to people, but to turn them off Him completely? Will God truly not hold us accountable for choosing to not walk His way? And don't give me platitudes about 'You tried your best' and 'Each person has to decide' and all those trite messages with which we try to cover our eyes to the truth. Trite words will mean nothing when we face God one day.
It reminds me of a sermon I heard about Mahatma Gandhi. And I found this in a blog by John Mark Ministries ...
"Mahatma Gandhi is one of the most respected leaders of modern history. A Hindu, Gandhi nevertheless admired Jesus and often quoted from the Sermon on the Mount. Once when the missionary E. Stanley Jones met with Gandhi he asked him, “Mr. Gandhi, though you quote the words of Christ often, why is that you appear to so adamantly reject becoming his follower?”
Gandhi replied, “Oh, I don’t reject your Christ. I love your Christ. It’s just that so many of you Christians are so unlike your Christ.”
Apparently Gandhi's rejection of Christianity grew out of an incident that happened when he was a young man practising law in South Africa. He had become attracted to the Christian faith, had studied the Bible and the teachings of Jesus, and was seriously exploring becoming a Christian.
And so he decided to attend a church service. As he came up the steps of the large church where he intended to go, a white South African elder of the church barred his way at the door.
“Where do you think you’re going, kaffir?” the man asked Gandhi in a belligerent tone of voice.
Gandhi replied, “I’d like to attend worship here.”
The church elder snarled at him, “There’s no room for kaffirs in this church. Get out of here or I’ll have my assistants throw you down the steps.”
From that moment, Gandhi said, he decided to adopt what good he found in Christianity, but would never again consider becoming a Christian if it meant being part of the church."
Time for me to change. Oh God, help me change!