It’s a rainy Sunday in Denver, Colorado which, by the way, I am very grateful for since the weather woman called for 6-12 inches of snow. In April. Yay, for having multiple seasons spanning a 24-hour window. Putting my incessant snark aside, I’ve been devouring myself in the online culture of Christianity and I’ve come to this conclusion.
Plenty of “Online Christians” have no freaking clue about the authentic love (which can be seen through God’s grace, mercy, forgiveness, and tolerance) that God provides.
This shouldn’t surprise me, because when I was blogging exclusively about the NBA, I was blatantly aware of the ignoramuses that constantly patrol the inter webs. I was well aware of the people who claimed things, not for the social injustice, religion, or deity they were claiming, but they allowed their putrid motives to supersede what they were claiming to fight for.
You know, masking your ill-placed motives with the not-so-clever “in the name of God” or “God says” or “the Bible says” and let’s clear things up, God is infallible, but the Bible is not God’s work direct.
It is rather men who were divinely inspired by God to write what they *FEEL* God was telling them.
But I digress, the fact of the matter is that while folks make bold claims about God and doing His work; while these same folks are saying what you need to do to get to heaven (by the way, if you’re only reason to being a good person is a divine reward, you, my friend, are a shi**y human being and still aren’t grasping Jesus’ message) they are still hedging God’s overall message; while making grandiose statements on social media, but hurling insults to those that disagree with them, and that’s surely not utilizing God as claimed.
So what is the message?
God is love.
Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love. – 1 John 4:8
In the Bible, God’s agape love is documented by His various superior attributes such as his extravagant generosity (John 3:16), His generous mercy (Ephesians 2:4-5, Romans 5:2-5), His endless grace (2 Corinthians 12:8-9, John 1:14), His tolerance (Ephesians 4;2, 1 Corinthians 1:20; 1:25), His unwavering patience (2 Peter 3:9).
And the list goes on and on with far more scriptural evidence of those qualities that directly point to love.
Thus, if we, claimers of God and Jesus Christ, aren’t showing our own extravagant generosity, generous mercy, tolerance, and unrelenting patience, how does one know you are as authentic to God as you claim?
The answer is, they don’t.
You’re just another run-of-the-mill sinner. Just like the prostitute on Colfax; just like the false prophet on Zeonbia; just like the glutton at IHOP; just like the religious fanatic on Speer; just like the spiritual thief on Broadway; just like the addict on Capitol Hill; just like the Gossip on Federal; just like the complainer on Pierce; just like the self-righteous on Chatfield.
We’re all bloody sinners, and rather worrying about who is sinning what sin and who is glorifying what self-indulged glory – me included – let’s try to utilize the love that God wants us to project.
Stop worrying about the next man’s sins, self-examine ourselves, and live each day better.
Love ourselves better.
Project love better.
Help the needy better.
Worship God better.
Understand God’s Word better.
Un-marginalize the marginalized better.
Serve God better.
Be a better human being without using a divine reward as motive, better.
Being selfless better.
Being generous better.
Be authentic complimentary beings better.
Love our neighbor as we love thyself better.
After all, GOD IS LOVE and if our actions, words, and heart are hateful, then we don’t know God nor His love.
End of story.