It’s really easy to see people as wrong, not lost.
We judge without always meaning to. It just kind of happens. We know other people are watching us too, and for a lot of us, that’s intimidating. Like Jason said in his sermon, we’re so afraid of being rejected, we never get the opportunity to see people consider or accept the message of Jesus…because we never try to share our faith. We’re afraid they’re going to see us as wrong. Or crazy. Or a weirdo.
The university I went to had a lot of interesting characters grace the campus. I can remember walking to class and seeing people standing on crates or small platforms, megaphones in hand, telling us we were all going to hell if we didn’t repent. Never once do I remember hearing any of those people say “God loves you,” or something along those lines. I do remember seeing some young people holding a sign that said, “Smile, God loves you,” on a street corner.
It may seem crazy, but I think a lot of my classmates thought that’s what being a Christian was…standing on a platform and criticizing everyone around them. Whenever I did get to talking about faith or God with my classmates, a lot of them thought Christianity was about rules and really old people and places that didn’t matter anymore. By contrast, one of my good friends in college was overwhelmed by the “rules.” She was so on fire for God and spoke up in class if a professor said something she didn’t agree with… but I remember on several occasions, she expressed concern she wasn’t going to church enough. She told me she had to miss a holy day because she had to study for a tough exam. I could tell she was legitimately bothered by missing it, and worried, actually worried, God was upset with her. It made me sad because she clearly loved God so much, but it didn’t always seem she believed he loved her. Continue reading