Andy Rooney once said, “I’ve decided I’m against abortion. I think it’s murder. But I have a dilemma in that I much prefer the pro-choice to the pro-life people. I’d much rather eat dinner with a group of the former.”
How sad is that?
Is it completely possible that Christians, in the midst of their pro-life zeal, distract non-Christians from the grace of God because of our fear? It is true because as Christians we feel under attack by the vast majority of society, the media, schools, in courts and the government. Our natural instinct is to fight back.
So, how do we stop the negative connotation?
Unfortunately, Christians may never fully be able to… but we can certainly combat it.
Much in the same way hate seems to procreate easily amongst ourselves and our friends and family it is just as easy to kick its ass. Seriously… it is. Grace, the one distinctive message that Christians have over all other religions, is the hardest thing to dispense. But, once you desire to forgive, you indeed become more “Christ-like”. Isn’t that what Jesus taught? To love the unlovable?
Sometimes we think too much. Sometimes we try to fix the problem ourselves before looking to God for guidance. Building power to change someone’s mind tends to reflect us as the “morals police”. We should leave matters of judgment to the one true Judge
We are a flawed people. Ourselves, in an overzealous attempt to bring heaven down to earth, seems to result in bringing hell up from below. We need to concentrate less on the kingdom of this world, and more on the kingdom not of this world.
My friends, we need to love. I’m not saying we can’t be passionate in our efforts to cease abortion or bring prayer back into schools but just be careful, lest in fighting the dragon you become the dragon itself.