An Excerpt From “God, the Gunman and Me”


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

broken myself.

2 comments (Add your own)

1. HAROLD E THOMPSON wrote:
AS A HERO WORSHIPER , MS JEANNE ASSAM STANDS EXTREMELY HIGH ON MY LIST.
PRAISE THE LORD FOR HER TRAINING AND INSTINCT TO SERVE AND PROTECT.

I WAS AN ACTIVE US MARINE,HONORABLY DISCHARGED, WE, MY ONLY WIFE AND I RAISED 7 [SEVEN] SONS] . SINCE THE BEGINNING OF THE IRAQ WAR, WE HAVE LOST TWO OF THOSE OUTSTANDING MARINE SONS, EACH RECEIVED
HONORS IN BOOT CAMP FOR EXCEEDING EACH OVER 300 OTHER MARINES.

I AM 82 - YRS OLD AND STILL A US MARINE IN MY THINKING. ONCE A MARINE ALWAYS A MARINE.

THE BEST TO YOU JEANNE, YOU ACTED IN THE CORRECT WAY.
HAROLD E THOMPSON, 515 COURT RD,#203, GRAND JUNCTION,CO 81501

Tue, July 6, 2010 @ 6:45 PM

2. David M. rosenstein wrote:
I'm very touched by your courage. It seems that your bravery in combat fllows along with your bravery to confront hypocrisy and remain compassionate. Your definition of modern day publicans is also intriguing.

Wed, December 1, 2010 @ 8:42 PM

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