If you could post one message to the world, what would it be?

I’m a Christian. I’m typically not vocal about my faith, unless asked. At times, I am even hesitant to mention I’m a Christian because of what that has come to mean to so many people. To be perfectly honest, I am often embarrassed and ashamed about how I and other Christians have presented ourselves to the world. It makes me shudder to think how many times we may have slammed the Kingdom doors in the faces of seekers.

Yesterday when I stepped out do a few errands, I happened to look up at a sign. My neighbour, a generally kind church-going lady, posted a message on her balcony.  The message reads:

Homosexuality is a sin

And I support the rights of the Church

And parents to teach this truth.

 If you’re a Christian, have you ever wondered what the rest of the world thinks of Christianity? The basic theme that I have heard and seen is: Christians hate abortion and homosexuality. Is it any wonder that Christianity is perceived in this way? I don’t think so. This is the message, however unintentional, that we send out and it’s heard loud and clear! Wait a minute Diana – I don’t do that! Maybe not, but that’s the perception out there and perception is reality.

I don’t mean to be flippant or simplistic but as I recall Jesus did not come to earth over 2000 years ago preaching this message. As a matter of fact, every example I can find where Jesus was correcting or rebuking people was aimed directly at the religious leaders of the day! He accused them of looking the part and not living it. He accused them of making rules that no one could obey – not even them. He accused them of oppressing the poor and making excuses about not helping them. I could go on and on…..

So why are we so hell-bent on voicing our opinion toward those who have a certain sexual orientation or those who have had abortions? Why that and not murder? Domestic violence? Greed? Hatred? Racism? Ignorance? Sexual Abuse?  Discrimination? Who made us judge and jury? The way I see it we all fall short of perfection. And if we think we can justify ourselves by laws we can’t even keep ourselves, we’re fooling ourselves. There’s nothing about a wagging finger in my face or a personal attack that compels me to run into the arms of my attacker.  Why would I? Who in their right mind would?

If I could post one message to the world from God it would be:

You are loved, just the way you are.

I have always loved you and I want you in my life.

And I support the rights of the Church

And parents to teach this truth.

I say all of this realizing that we all walk our own personal journey. And it is not my intention to suggest that we shouldn’t try to live our lives in a way that we can be proud of. We all have our own calling or mission in life regardless of our beliefs. We need to be true to ourselves. We need to be the same on the inside as the outside. We need to allow others to embark on their journey as well.

Let me ask you this (I really want to know): If you could post just one message to the world, what would it be?

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