I haven’t been to Celebrate Recovery (12-step group) lately because I’ve been sick. I met with my Fearless Leader (of our local CR) and he said, “I’d tell you we missed you but you said you don’t like that.” I explained… “I don’t like it when it doesn’t come from the heart, but used as an attack, a guilt ploy, and a manipulation.” Does this kind of thing happen among Christians? Surely not?
Do Christians have disapproving, holier than thou attitudes? Do some Christians talk to non-Christians in a condescending way? What does it mean when a Christian doesn’t act like Jesus?
Yes, I called myself a Christian when I was growing up and yet I still was far from Jesus. I don’t condemn myself though, I had been deceived. I was a modern-day Pharisee, or what Jesus called, a white-washed tomb. I looked good on the outside but inside I was full of pride and selfishness and I didn’t even know it.
Since I called myself a Christian and wasn’t one how can you know if a person that claims to belong to Jesus really does belong to Jesus?
Jesus said, “A tree is known by its fruit. You don’t collect grapes from briers and figs from thornbushes. A good tree cannot produce bad fruit and a bad tree cannot produce good fruit. Therefore you will know them by their fruit.”
Real Christians get a bad name, because satan convinces some of his followers that they are real Christians and then they say to the world they are real Christians, and then don’t love like Jesus.
So real Christians have to be perfect?
Jesus is perfect, His followers are not. But they love Jesus and because they love Jesus they love those He loves, that is, all other people. If someone tells you they are a Christian and they don’t love all other people, specifically you, Jesus is telling you they are not His.
So real Christians have to love all others perfectly?
I fail at loving God, and others, repeatedly. But Jesus loves me and forgives me and because I love Him I try again.
The prickily-ness of the “thorns” of false Christians is their consistent lack of love.