Some thoughts this morning.
Just recently watched “Won’t You Be My Neighbor?” which is a documentary about Mr. Rogers. There were times during this movie that I was deeply convicted. Mr. Rogers was an ordained minister but decided he could have the greatest impact on the world through television. Instead of pushing the religion of the church on people, he dedicated his life to Gods two greatest commandments... love God and love your neighbor. He did not discriminate. He loved every single person he encountered like Christ commands us to do.
I think many churches and Christians have it all backwards today. When an unbeliever walks through the door, they get set on pointing out their sins and fixing them before they love them. Jesus didn’t work like that though. Not only did he love the worst them all, he did life with them! The Pharisees and leaders couldn’t believe Jesus would hangout with such outcasts. They didn’t get it then, and many of us still don’t get it today. Love God, love others... it’s that simple.
Mr. Rogers challenged me greatly. Our world is deeply lost and what it needs is for you to love them. Get uncomfortable. Who wants to become a Christian when all they see is hate being spewed at them?
P.S. I do believe there is a time and a place to challenge fellow believers in their walk, but ultimately God is the final judge... we shouldn’t avoid people because they’re lost.
“The greatest thing we can do is to let people know that they are loved and capable of loving.”