Shut Your Mouth and Listen

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LOL remember when I said in one of my first posts that it would be the one that would run people off from reading my blog? Well I lied. This is the one that will do that so I guess whoops. 

Can you think of a time in your life when someone didn’t love you? For the majority of my friends reading this your answer will be no, and I’m so thankful for that. I am also thankful that my answer is no as well. Some people aren’t that lucky though. Some people do not know love- at least in the flesh and blood sense of it. They don’t know, because sometimes as Christians we do not show it.

The last time I checked Jesus commanded us to love everyone. Some of y’all think it’s okay to just love the people whose beliefs line up exactly like yours. I’m truly sorry to break up your perfect world, but Jesus wants you to love every single person. That includes the people who do things a little differently than you.

I come across intolerant people daily, some of whom I know of their intolerance and others I do not know about it. People are good at hiding things, and they are especially good at hiding hatred. There are so many things people are hateful about from homosexuals to people of different races to people who believe a different religion.

These were all around in Jesus’s day. He didn’t love them any less.

I’m no math major, but if Jesus + homosexuals + anyone else who society deems a problem still equals love, then why do some people have such a hard time TRYING to love like Jesus? 

Do you think that you are better than Jesus? You would probably say no, but if you can’t step down off of your high horse to love someone that He has no trouble loving then it sounds a lot like you do think you are better.

I get upset when people say that Christians are bad, because true Christians are not bad at all. Christians often forget that they should strive to be Christ-like instead of like other Christians. Quit trying to fit in with other Christians and instead focus on the traits that made Jesus special- his unending love being one of them. 

I have an openly gay friend named Matthew that I love so much. He would give the shirt off of his back to anyone who needed it, whether he knew that person or not. He loves everyone, and it breaks my heart to think that people treat him differently because of who he is. He deserves every bit of happiness in the world, because he brings so much to this world. He has expressed his frustration with Christianity, and it all boils down to the fact that many of the Christians he interacts with do not share the same values as Jesus and it shows. I hope that I have done everything in my power to show him that not all Christians are hateful against homosexuals or anyone else “different” for that matter. 

The God I love and serve loves everyone. He does not discriminate. He loves me the same amount that He loves Matthew. He created every single person on this Earth, and if you think He loves one less because of their choices or preferences then you are sorely mistaken. Quote Bible scripture all you want to me about the topic of homosexuality; my response will always be that my job as a Christian is not to judge someone but to love them. That’s all. 

This post is not directed towards homosexuality or anything else in specific. I just want to live in a world of tolerance in all aspects, and where people stop all of the judgement. Open your eyes and ears and shut your mouth. 

I’m tired of my faith being given a bad name, because of a few bad seeds. Either stop with the hateful attitudes, or stop identifying yourself as a follower of Christ, because He never once hated a single human being on this Earth. 

1 John 4:7

“Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God.”
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4 thoughts on “Shut Your Mouth and Listen

  1. Julie,
    If you’re looking for an argument about Jesus’ love you will hear none from me. However, I must point out that while you seem to be extending love to the homosexual community and to those who have different views from your own, you seem to be forgetting one group of people, Christians. As you said previously stated, we are called to love everyone. This includes Christians. Just like every other group we screw up and become overly convicted about things that perhaps we should not. Who are we to point fingers at each other and say that this person or that person is not living out his or her faith like they should? We all fail and fall short of the glory of God. What does it say about the church when we slander each other in an attempt to help out another group of people. Should the love that you just described start from within the church? Just a thought.

    1. Hannah, I definitely agree that everyone falls short including Christians. I certainly did not mean to point fingers and criticize Christians. Given that I am one, I would never want to make us out to be the bad guys. I just want the people I know like this to understand my point. I too fall short all of the time, but it’s also my job to help others see their faults just as I appreciate any correction on my part. Slander occurs when someone says something that is untrue that will shed a false light onto someone else. It is not slander when it is sadly true. I apologize if I offended you though.

      1. Julie,
        Thank you for the apology. I must admit that I was a bit offened. As a bible college student it’s tough to always hear about what Christians are doing wrong by non-Christians and it’s even more offensive to hear it from Christians. It’s devastating to see how the Church is falling apart from within. I’ve said all this to say, that while I agree that what you have said needs to be said, I don’t think that this is the right platform for it. Romans says that if you have a grievance with a brother or sister in Christ then go to them and try and solve it as quickly and as quietly as you can. Now, I know in the age of social media that is extremely tough. It’s hard to fight bark the urge to shout to the world all when you believe something to be right, but according to the bible that’s not the way it should be. Again, just a thought.

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