Dear individuals that make up the generation of young people,
There are many words I could use to express what I am feeling right now but it is Christmas and I will keep it blunt and to the point.
Over the last month or so, a trend amongst people my own age has become extremely apparent. I feel like Christians are sometimes individuals that have placed themselves up on a pedestal far enough to forget why we love and serve Christ. Sometimes we get so high up on our high horses that we forget to look down and see who is simply trying to make it through the mud and survive.
What do I mean?
We have evolved into the generation in which we tend to point the first finger but do not offer our own hand to the ones who need it most. We offer to pass judgement on someone but never take the chance and help someone up onto their feet.
We say we are accepting of every soul but talk about their sins and transgressions in a negative connotation behind their backs.
We say we love the sinner but hate the sin except that I think hating the sinner as much as the sin becomes the prevalent response.
We build each other up when the going gets easy or the situation is “simple” to handle but when it gets hard, we leave the broken alone in the dark.
We say that we are friends with someone only until they hurt us, but we leave them when they do finally manage to piss us off or break our hearts.
We have become incredibly conditional in our standards of life, friendship, freedom, religion. We are quick to believe something only when it is gratifying to our own self and for our own good.
But every single one of these points is a living and breathing contradiction to what the Lord has called us to be.
We are called to not cast the first stone. Look at John 8.
They kept demanding an answer, so he stood up again and said, “All right, but let the one who has never sinned throw the first stone!” 8Then he stooped down again and wrote in the dust.
As for true, unconditional acceptance,
“Do not judge others, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn others, or it will all come back against you. Forgive others, and you will be forgiven.
If we don’t even begin to unconditionally love people in the aspect in which the Lord loves and cherishes us, 1 Corinthians 13 says,
If I could speak all the languages of earth and of angels, but didn’t love others, I would only be a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal.
2If I had the gift of prophecy, and if I understood all of God’s secret plans and possessed all knowledge, and if I had such faith that I could move mountains, but didn’t love others, I would be nothing.
3If I gave everything I have to the poor and even sacrificed my body, I could boast about it; but if I didn’t love others, I would have gained nothing.
1 Corinthians 13:1-3
Romans 2:1 says,
1You may think you can condemn such people, but you are just as bad, and you have no excuse! When you say they are wicked and should be punished, you are condemning yourself, for you who judge others do these very same things.
One of my favorite scriptures about how we should treat and respect others is,
Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience, bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony.
It is imperative that we live and love in the accordance in which God loves us. He didn’t call us, and I am preaching to myself on this one too, to be hypocrites. He didn’t call us to have conditional standards and selfish goals for our relations with others.
He called us to be His vessels of light in the ever increasing darkness. He desires for us to pursue his character with every inch of our being and life. And that is incredibly difficult at times. But nevertheless, we must strive for the impossible. Because nothing is ever impossible to the Living King. Nothing.
We should be the generation that offers hope to the hopeless.
We should be the generation that changes multi-generational standards on other people and societies and ideologies.
We should be the generation that makes a stand against the hypocritical nature in which some parts of the church has adapted and regressed to.
We love and serve a God who loves bold and courageous prayers and dreams. Why limit yourself to the plausible when He has placed His dreams and aspirations deep within our being?