True Christians

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True Born-Again Christians are not haters, as much of the secular world believes. Unfortunately, many pseudo-Christians are haters and have given true Christianity a bad rap.

Jesus Christ said it’s not what people say that reveals their inner character, but what they do: “By their fruits you shall know them.” (Matthew 7:26)

True Christians know that Jesus said love is the most important of all the commandments, and that we are supposed to love everyone:

You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself. (Matthew 22:37-39)

To further make the point that true Christians are supposed to love everyone, Jesus says that we are also supposed to love our enemies:

You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you. (Matthew 5:43-45)

He also says that just loving the brethren (i.e. other Christians) and those who love us, is of no credit to us:

For if you love those who love you, what reward have you? Do not even the tax collectors do the same? And if you greet your brethren only, what do you do more than others? Do not even the tax collectors do so? (Matthew 5:46-47)

The phrase ‘tax collectors’ is used as a euphemism for those the Jews despised since they represented the Roman Empire who ruled cruelly over them.

Loving everyone doesn’t mean that we agree with or approve of everyone’s actions, but we must first of all love them as Christ Jesus loves us, despite our sinfulness:

We love Him because He first loved us. If someone says,I love God,” and hates his brother, he is a liar; for he who does not love his brother whom he has seen, how can he love God whom he has not seen? And this commandment we have from Him: that he who loves God must love his brother also. (1John 4:19-21)

The word ‘brother’ doesn’t mean that we are called to love our sibling brother(s) only. This use of the word is collective, meaning everyone – especially within the context of the previous Scriptures.

If we don’t have love for everyone, the Apostle Paul says whatever we say or do is meaningless:

Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I have become sounding brass or a clanging cymbal. And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, but have not love, it profits me nothing. (1Corinthians 13:1-3)

That doesn’t mean that we shouldn’t speak out about the things of God, but that we do so out of a heart filled with love, not hate or anger, but rather “speaking the truth in love.” (Ephesians 4:15)

What pseudo-Christians fail to recognize is that we are all sinners in one way or another:  For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. (Romans 3:23)

God’s Word also tells us that no sin is greater than another:

 For whoever shall keep the whole law, and yet stumble in one point, he is guilty of all. (James 2:10)

Our sins and iniquities separate us from God:

Behold, the Lord’s hand is not shortened, that it cannot save; Nor His ear heavy, that it cannot hear. But your iniquities have separated you from your God; and your sins have hidden His face from you, so that He will not hear. (Isaiah 59:1-2)

Today, it is the LGBT community that evokes the most anger and hatred from pseudo-Christians, but their sins are no worse than adultery, drunkenness, lying, cheating, etc.

Now the works of the flesh are evident, which are: adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lewdness, idolatry, sorcery, hatred, contentions, jealousies, outbursts of wrath, selfish ambitions, dissensions, heresies, envy, murders, drunkenness, revelries, and the like. (Galatians 5:19-21)

LGBT sins are included in the broad category of fornication, which also includes sex outside of marriage, beastiality, or any other illicit intercourse

Discrimination based on skin color or any other physical characteristic is also a sin:

Do not judge according to appearance, but judge with righteous judgment. (John 7:4)

If you really fulfill the royal law according to the Scripture, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself,” you do well;  but if you show partiality, you commit sin, and are convicted by the law as transgressors. (James 2:8-9)

Whoever hates his brother is a murderer, and you know that no murderer has eternal life abiding in him. (1John 3:15-16)

There are no qualifications to these statements. Discrimination for any reason is sinful.

None of us is perfect, which is why we all need a savior. Jesus paid the penalty for all our sins and, therefore, is the only means by which we can be reconciled back to God the Father:

Now all things are of God, who has reconciled us to Himself through Jesus Christ. (2Corinthians 5:18)

God loves every one of us and does not want us to live separated from Him for all of eternity:

For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved. (John 3:16-17)

Don’t allow anger and hatred to separate you from your Creator. Be filled with God’s love and go forth in that love and spread it around.

That’s the way of Jesus who is the “way, the truth and the life.” (John 14:6)