I saw this tonight on Facebook.
This is what I really want to say in response:
“God help you if you ever find yourself in a position when everyone has decided you’ve done something unforgiveable and decides you should be punished for life for it. Have you forgotten that we are ALL sinners, we are ALL undeserving of the grace and forgiveness we have received? Have you forgotten that without it, you are no better than she? What part of this boycott declaration is in keeping with what the Bible teaches about judgement? Where in the Bible does it say we should only extend grace and forgiveness and second chances to the innocent? Didn’t Jesus, as he was dying on that cross, declare the thief hanging next to him to be free of his sins?
EVERYONE is deserving of a second chance, even those you don’t think deserve one, including Casey Anthony.
Is it any wonder the world wants nothing to do with the church when the very people who have experienced grace and forgiveness are often the last ones to give it?? WHEN will we stop judging and playing the role of God and start really being Jesus in this world? If we say we want to be more like Him, why aren’t we? Yes there are consequences to our actions and when we do wrong, when we sin and hurt others, we have to be held accountable. But there is a big difference between accountability and judgement. When will we allow God to do the judging while we do the loving?
When will we as a community start living lives that declare NEVER BEYOND to the world, when will we really be different? When will we reach out to the lost and broken and unworthy and show them mercy and hope and love? When will I?”
That is what I wanted to say in response to that Facebook status. But I didn’t. Instead I said nothing…but I don’t know if that’s the right response either.
What about you? What would be, or will be, your response if you see someone you are friends with post that as their status? What do you think that tells the world about your faith if you were to post the same thing? How does it make you feel when you read it?