I believe every one of us is broken in at least one
area in our lives. It doesn’t matter if a person is involved
in church or not. No matter what setting we are in, the
brokenness, when not dealt with, will follow us.
As for my experience with people who said they
were Christians, I have seen both good and bad versions,
and that’s just a reality. I have seen wonderful
examples of those who truly love God and walk in love,
forgiveness and mercy toward others. I have also seen
those who say they are godly yet nothing but judgment,
ridicule and criticism spew from their lips.
I know that many people want nothing to do with
Jesus because of the bad examples of Christians they’ve
seen. But these people need to know that Jesus is not
like us. We are flawed human beings who, even though
we love God, will cause hurt feelings, act improperly,
judge, let others down and even break hearts. But Jesus
doesn’t do any of that. His love is perfect in every way.
Later in life I learned a quote from Gandhi that made
a lot of sense to me: “I like your Christ, but I do not
like your Christians; your Christians are not like your
Christ.” This statement is unfortunately very accurate in
far too many cases, but thankfully, not in all.
As a brand new Christian, when I read in the Bible
that Jesus dearly loved everyone but especially those
most broken in society, I loved Him all the more. I also
have a heart for people who know they are not perfect
and know they need a Savior, because I had been so
Fri, February 12, 2010
by Jeanne Assam