When “Christians” Throw Stones

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Have you ever been hurt by a Christian?  Me too.

The truth is Christians are also human.  We’re going to make mistakes.  We’re going to really mess up and hurt people.  And when we do, we need to say we’re sorry.

But that’s not what I’m talking about here.

I’m talking about those who call themselves “Christians” while lashing out at others, using the title as a form of entitlement to criticize, judge, and sometimes even belittle others.

They sort of remind me of the Pharisees in Jesus’ day.

They like to put on a good show and brag about their giving and serving.  In anger, they throw Scripture at you like stones when you sin instead of speaking the truth in love (Ephesians 4:15).  They will show you everything you’re doing wrong in a way that makes you feel so beneath them that you may even wonder if you’re worthy to be loved by God.  Am I good enough? Am I doing enough?   Lord, what’s wrong with me?   

You may start to feel like you don’t belong, even in Church. Maybe especially in Church.

It hurts a lot.  Doesn’t it?

Jesus sees it, and He’s not happy about it either.

Remember when Jesus served His disciples by washing their feet?  Do you think He slammed them for having dirty feet, scrubbed their toes until they bled, or belittled them for not taking better care of their feet?   Of course not.  He lovingly washed them as a servant.  Can you imagine Jesus kneeling at your feet, looking up to you (wow!) as He washes and cares for your feet?

Love.  That’s what that is.

I’m not talking about the kind of love like, “I love French fries at the fair during a warm summer evening.”  I’m talking about the love you give away from your heart when you serve others.  You want nothing in return.  You just want to reflect the kind of love that was reflected in Jesus’ eyes when He was kneeling there washing feet.

How do you love like that?

When you give someone a ride after his car breaks down, when you spend time with those who are lonely or discouraged, or when you send a card to let others know you’re thinking of them.  You love by not only offering to be there for someone but by showing up when the time comes.

You love like Jesus when others fall and you offer to help them up.  You tell them you’re praying for them because you really are praying for them.  And yes, you offer God’s Word to show them that He has so much more for them; He doesn’t want them going the wrong way down a treacherous path of sin that takes them further and further away from Him.  God wants them safe, with Him, right in His arms.  And you want that for them too because you know it is the best place to be.

The place NOT to be is towering over others, pointing an accusatory finger and bashing them verbally.  (Not Christ-like behavior.)

Remember how the Pharisees wanted to stone the woman caught in adultery?  Jesus said, “If any of you is without sin, let him be the first to throw a stone at her.” (John 8:7 NIV.)

Hmm.  Not a single one of them was able to throw a stone.

What if you were the one in the dirt having those fingers pointing at you?  If you’ve experienced some sort of attack like this, I’d like to say on behalf of all of us imperfect followers following a perfect Jesus Christ:  I’m truly sorry. And, please don’t take it out on God.

You see, God’s the One who led me to write this today so you’d know that just because someone claims to be a Christian, doesn’t always mean they are really doing what God wants.  “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only he who does the will of my Father who is in heaven.”  (Matthew 7:21 NIV.)

And I believe God also wanted to remind you today that He loves you.  That is why He doesn’t want any of us to continue down a path of sin that will surely trip us up.  Jesus told the woman caught in adultery, “Go now and leave your life of sin.” (John 8:11b NIV.)

Just remember, you don’t have to be perfect before God will love you.

God already loves you because HE is perfect love.

So focus on that fact, on Jesus dying for you, and the privilege you have to know Him and to love like Him.  Yes, focus on Jesus instead of those who masquerade as His followers clutching a stone in each hand.

And don’t forget to forgive those who’ve already hit you with one.

“Do not judge, or you too will be judged.” (Matthew 7:1 NIV.)

 

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11 thoughts on “When “Christians” Throw Stones

  1. Love it Joey! Galatian 6:1-2 says “Brethren, if any person is overtaken in misconduct or sin of any sort, you who are spiritual [who are responsive to and controlled by the Spirit] should set him right and restore and reinstate him, without any sense of superiority and with all gentleness, keeping an attentive eye on yourself, lest you should be tempted also.
    Bear (endure, carry) one another’s burdens and [a]troublesome moral faults, and in this way fulfill and observe perfectly the law of Christ (the Messiah) and complete [b]what is lacking [in your obedience to it].” I only got to understand yesterday that verse 2 actually referred to tolerating the moral faults of others. More interestingly is the fact that this was written to believers. We all ask for grace but often times we really do not extend grace to others. We feel qualified to be offered forgiveness and second chances but we fail to offer this same privilege to others. I pray we examine ourselves and do better.

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    1. Amen Efua! And what wonderful Scriptures! The word “gentleness” really jumps out to me… Yes, may we all “examine ourselves and do better” at looking at others through the eyes of Christ and offering that same forgiveness we are offered. God bless you dear Sister!

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  2. AWESOME AS ALWAYS JOEY,
    GLAD GOD HAD YOU SHARE THIS. WE HAVE TO REMEMBER IT ISNT GODS FAULT PEOPLE , CHRISTIANS ACT THAT WAY. ALSO ONE SHOULD NEVER TOWER OVER ANOTHER AS THEY HAVE IT ALL TOGETHER.. IN SOME INSTANCES GOD MAY HAVE U GO TO ANOTHER AS TO ENCOURAGE, LIFT UP OR ALWAYS LOVINGLY,TALK TO SOMEONE ABOUT A MATTER. BUT WE DONT JUDGE. WE ALL HAVE THINGS IN OUR LIVES THAT NEED IMPROVED, SO GLAD GOD LOVES US NO MATTER WHAT AND HE IS ALWAYS FAITHFUL TO CARE ENOUGH TO GENTLY SHOW US THAT WE LEARN AND DO BETTER NEXT TIME. GROWING GLORY TO GLORY NO ONE IS EXEMT FROM THE DEVIL HE WILL ALWAYS TRY TO TEMPT US. WE JUST SAY NO IN THE NAME OF JESUS AND HE HAS TO FLEE. IT IS A JOURNEY WORTH TRAVELING, FOR SURE!! FOR WITH HIM ALL THINGS ARE POSSIBLE AND STAYING WITH JESUS WE R UNDER HIS PROTECTED COVERING, HIS PRECIOUS BLOOD.
    LOVE U THANK U FOR USING YOUR TALENTS TO BLESS GOD AND HELP OTHERS. .

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    1. Ahh Mary thank YOU for reading and commenting and I love you too! And I agree…I’m SO thankful He gently shows us the way so we can grow and learn and “do better next time.” Amen! What an awesome and wonderfully faithful Heavenly Father we have!!

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  3. You have written a good post. I like how you give examples of how you can love like Jesus, and even forgive others when they have offended you. I think we throw stones when we are hurting inside, so its best to be honest and to admit our true feelings when we are feeling this way.

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    1. Exactly! If we’re holding onto something that’s hurting us, it usually finds a way to seep out and it can sometimes hurt others. We need the Holy Spirit to help us see what’s happening to our hearts so He can bring us healing. Thank you for reading and commenting, and God bless you!

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