I have seen so many instances in my life where people have been deeply hurt by those who profess Christianity. It breaks my heart to hear people share with me how Christians have scared them, attacked them, judged them, and made them feel worthless.
All I can say to that is this. Those people who act in such un-Christ like ways, do NOT represent what Jesus stood for.
Jesus stood for giving GRACE to others. Showing LOVE when people may or may not have deserved it. Displaying HUMILITY even if He had reason to be arrogant.
At the end of the day, those who follow Jesus are not Jesus. As a follower of Jesus, I am aware that I have probably hurt some people. I cannot be deceived by the lie that because I claim to follow Christ I am therefore free to act how I want because I am a Christian. That in no way shape or form means I am better than others. It does not put me above them. And it does not give me an excuse to try to have authority and power over them. Who am I to judge others when I myself am a broken human being? My prayer, tonight, and for the rest of my life, is that I (and others who follow Christ) will show grace, patience, love, and humility to everyone even if we don’t agree with them. No one can claim that they are better than anyone else no matter what you believe.
So here is my apology to those who have been hurt by the Christian community. I can promise you that anytime a Christian may have judged you, Jesus would have loved you. He would have eaten with you, hugged you, laughed with you, cried with you, and He would have shown you grace. Here is my reminder to others and to myself that being a Christian does not make us high and mighty.
“There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.”-Galatians 3:28