Be kind and compassionate to one another,… Ephesians 4.32
Yet so many times we embrace the cruel and unfeeling. I’m convinced how we view God shapes how we view and treat others. If we view God as sitting in heaven waiting to punish us for the slightest mistake, we will live in fear (and paranoia) ready to quickly judge others. If we view God as taking on flesh, loving those in the margins, dying on a cross and rising again, we live in awe, wonder and love. Likewise, one’s view of God will also shape one’s view of the world, fallen and corrupt or initially good but broken.
Blogs, Facebook and Twitter all have a Christian presence within them on the interwebs. The content of much I have no issue with, rather my issue is with how it is presented. I remember back in my college days, someone rattled off a list of points of belief over lunch. I agreed with most of the points. It was then pointed out that I was in agreement with Jerry Falwell. To that I replied, “It’s a matter of how one pursues those points that is of greater importance.”
In so many ways the how of Christian faith and living is being subverted for the sake of some agenda, be it political, ethical or a church subculture(ghetto). So many of us in the church argue over the what, why and who of belief. We neglect the how. You may have pristine beliefs (which someone somewhere will see as heresy) yet still act like an ass. How do you hold those beliefs, with a clenched fist or an open hand? Likewise, how do you treat your sister or brother in Christ, fist or hand? Let me encourage you, embrace kindness and compassion for it is the way of Christ.