I recently had a conversation with a friend about her perception of Christians. It’s not a conversation I haven’t had before with other people. My friend said “…Plus, those that call themselves Christians don’t seem at all Christian to me — they seem harsh and judgmental and just plain mean. Now, if they were all like you…well…how different the world would be!”
How does she get a different perspective from me? How did her opinion get formed from her interaction and observation of other Christians?
I felt very sad to hear her words. She’s not alone in her perception. We need to remember that it is not up to us to judge. Only God can do that. But, as humans, we tend to look at others from their outward appearance. How different the world would be if we could look at others through the eyes of Jesus!
I don’t want anyone to think of me as being harsh, mean, or judgmental, but some people who don’t really know me may get that opinion by something I say, do, or even by a look I portray at different opportunities. I’m basically a shy person and also suffer from low self-esteem which crops up occasionally…a result of my childhood and from an abusive first marriage. When I become quiet or withdrawn, people might think I’m being aloof. Quite the opposite!
Changing that requires a leap of faith! I must step outside my own comfort zone and trust that God is with me, holding my hand and giving me courage. Unlike Peter, if I keep my eyes on Jesus, I won’t sink. I believe that. And, so should you.
I’m going to do a check in my actions and reactions to try and portray what is inside my heart…the love of all of God’s children. For we are all one family, all equal in His eyes, and all deserving of love and understanding. I pray for the strength and courage to be a good Christian.