Monday, October 8, 2012

A Response to a Legalistic Christian

The following is a status update posted by one of my Facebook friends:
"Beloved friends, please let me be clear. I am a born-again Christian. I am on Facebook by choice. I am on Facebook because I want to be on Facebook. I choose my Facebook friends. The word "friend" implies someone with whom you have rapport and compatibility. I refuse to "friend" anyone whose posts contain foul or vulgar language and/or post anything that is sexually explicit. You or anyone else has the freedom to post whatever you please, but I have the freedom to "unfriend" anyone who violates my personal standards. Does that make me legalistic? Absolutely not -- if I am not forcing you into my mold. I respect your freedom to do whatever you please, but I have the freedom to choose not to participate. One day every one of us will stand before Jesus Christ at the bema seat or Great White Throne. For many, the experience will not be a pretty picture -- loss of escrow rewards at the bema seat and banished to the lake of fire at the Great White Throne. The choice is yours."
I commented this response:
Each of us wields a realm of influence, however slight, over each and every person with whom we have contact. While some of those people are close friends, others are merely acquaintances or perhaps complete strangers. However, for some of those people, you may be the only light of Christ that person sees. The power of the internet and platforms such as Facebook increase our scope of influence into the lives of the friends of our “friends.” As Christians we are called to be *in* the world not *of* it, yet the outlook portrayed in this post takes a stance of refusing to even be “in” it. If Jesus were walking our planet today, is this the way He would respond to those whose lifestyles or choice of words with which He disagreed? He didn’t even condemn the woman caught in the act of adultery; he showed her grace, rescued her from her situation and told her to go and sin no more. This, however, is the attitude of one who is holding the stone, just waiting for an opportunity to chunk it. Proverbs 19:11 tells us that “A man’s wisdom gives him patience; it is to his glory to overlook an offense.” Let’s face it: the birth pains Jesus spoke of in Matthew 24 are getting closer and more intense; so, as Christians, we will continue to be faced with more and more that is in opposition to our beliefs. But we can’t just stick our heads in the sand and ignore the world which is spiritually dying all around us. So I ask you, when you stand before the Throne of God, how will you answer for those he brought into your sphere of influence to whom he expected you to be a witness, but you decided that you were too offended by their sinfulness to reach out to them in Christ’s love? I believe that choice is yours also.
There is joy on this journey, on my way home to my Father's house,
Cindy <><

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