• Cindy

Honey or Vinegar?

I had an experience recently within a Facebook Christian group. Are we too quick to condemn? It seems some Christians were quick to judge and condemn a person before expressing God's love. People commented with the Old Testament verses about a person's sin, but yet the New Testament examples about love were ignored.

What is God's greatest commandment above all others? We are to love others. Jesus teaches this over and over again throughout the New Testament. As soon as a Christian posts something about sin, everyone is quick to judge and condemn the person. Others preach about what is wrong instead of teaching what is right. Why would a person want to turn to Christians for support if all they get is condemnation?

I remember the story of the woman at the well. Jesus knew she was living in sin, but he never once brought that out. He never once accused her of sinning. It was the woman that said she was not married. Jesus said, "You are right when you say you have no husband. The fact is, you have had five husbands, and the man you now have is not your husband. What you have just said is quite true." (John 4:17-18) He proceeded to witness to her lovingly and explained who He was and what He could provide for her. Is this not what we are to do? When someone comes to us asking about sin, are we not to point them towards Jesus and explain who He is instead of using the Bible as a weapon?

Something didn't sit well with me when I saw all the negative and accusatory posts in the Christian Facebook group. I wonder what non-Christians think when they see Christians attacking each other? My suggestion is to be mindful of how we use God's Word. Just because it's in the Bible doesn't mean God wants us to use it in a hateful or hurtful way. We are to learn and help others grow in Christ, not berate them and risk turning them away from Christ. I am not suggesting we condone a person's sin, but there is a way to correct in love and not by coming across as being hateful and judging.

As one old saying goes, 'honey catches more flies than vinegar.' Let's grow God's kingdom with a little more honey. How does this sound to you?

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