They Will Know We Are Christians…

“Abortions will not be federally funded. Senior citizens will benefit, children will be covered. Christians should welcome this. They call themselves Christians, but shreek (sp) homophobic, racial slurs and spit on people. LOL”

I saw this today on as a reply to someone’s Facebook status about how they honestly appreciated the healthcare bill. The status was very neutral and explained why they supported the bill (single mom of two kids, one partially deaf and autistic. She is also a college student). Then an older woman wrote the above statement as a reply. It made me really sad and mortified, and not just because of the grammar/spelling mistakes.

This is how the world is seeing us right now. Shrieking, homophobic, racist, spitters. So not what Galations 5:22-26 says we should be putting out. “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faith, gentleness, self-control. Against such things there is no law. Now those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. If we live by the Spirit, we must also follow the Spirit. We must not become conceited, provoking one another, envying one another.”

Anyone who shrieks racial slurs, is homophobic, and spits on people cannot be a true believer who is whole-heartedly seeking Christ. Jesus was radical, yes, but he loved people sensationally and deeply. He certainly didn’t throw around racial slurs. Remember the Samaritan woman at the well?

I will freely admit that I am an absolute lover of my country and government. We might be jacked up, but we’re still the greatest, most free nation in the world. I am beyond grateful for a president who is also a husband and father and makes decisions based on those gifts. I have a lot of respect for a man who (even though I don’t agree with the majority of his agendas) wants to make our nation an even better place for his own daughters. My daddy would want the same thing. I love teaching elementary kids about how awesome our government is. We should really be proud of what we have, even if we don’t agree with things that go on every now and then.

As Christians especially, we should be watching how we react to political stuff. The world is obviously watching us, and expecting the worst. They want to see the Pharisees come out of all of us and belittle people for every little thing. But we can get above that, and show Galatians 5:22-26 in real life. It’s hard–I struggle with it everyday in just regular things. But I need to be doing it on Facebook and Twitter when I talk about politics or my reaction to government decisions. Will you do it? Can you? You never know until you try. Prove this lady wrong.

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