Nietzsche said the last Christian died on the cross.
That is such a bold, yet powerful and piercing statement. Is it true? In some ways I feel that it is. And that’s painful!
It’s not just how one man saw it, either. I think a lot of people see it that way. Jesus would not want it to be true, so we need to do something to change it.
It’s a joke how much we judge in the church. We judge other people. We think we’re better than other people. We think we’re better human beings than other people, because we found Jesus.
Jesus would not think that way. He wouldn’t! Jesus would say, “You should not try to make yourselves better in the eyes of other human beings because you found Me. That’s not how it works. You should love other people better because you found Me.” And I think that that’s just so good, man. That transforms relationships and heals souls!
I have seen the good that comes when I don’t judge other people. I’ve been there when a guy does something that I know is wrong. He will look at me with a look of challenge, as if to say, “Oh, you’re a Christian guy, you think you’re better than me.” He will look to see how I will react. And I know he expects me to shake my head and judge him, right there on the spot.
I look forward to those moments, because I can look at him and smile. And I can give him a hug. And I can say, “I love you.”
Then he might say, “But I just did something you think is wrong!”
And I can say, “You’re right, and I don’t agree with it. I wouldn’t do it, because I don’t think it’s right. But that does not change my view. I love you as a human being. I love you so much. And I love your life. I hope that one day, you will know the right way to do things. But brother, I will not turn my back on you. I love you.”
That heals the soul immediately! When you do that, people are blown away. They’re like, “Whoa, wait! That’s not how it’s done!”
They’re right! That’s not how it’s done, because we haven’t done it right.
Jesus is the one that showed us the right way to do things. Now the church is called to love like Jesus. Who will you love today?
See you Monday.