I truly believe what you do does not define who you are!. Why is it that religious avenues (regardless of the faith) teach understanding, patience, and forgiveness — while society clearly seems to do the exact opposite? I have to shake my head at the “church goers” that turn in early on Satruday evening, only to get up bright and early on Sunday morning to worship. But what, exactly, are they worshiping? Are they truly hearing what is being said? or are they filling a vacant seat in the pew, periodically checking their phone or watch, thinking about what to make for dinner or what time the game starts. More importantly, do they walk out of the Church doors and actually apply what they have learned to their daily life? Unfortunately, for the most part, the answer to that question is —- NO!!!!.
Why is that? Well, in my expereince, it is because most people are not ready to really hear what is being said. Either they have never been through the very type of “mess” that is being preached about in Church, or they simply are too ignorant to think that what is being said applies to them… after all, they are faithful churchgoers, right!? (if there was a sarcasm symbol, I would insert here.) They say the words, “love thy neighbor” and “forgive those who have hurt or offended you”… yet, they will be the first to condemn you for whatever it is you did. Where is the understanding, patience, and forgiveness in that? Good question! Let me know when you find out.
I deal with this on the daily from my ex — who, he will be happy to tell you, takes pride in his faith. He takes pride in the fact that he is
Catholic religious; actually boasting that his religion is “best” and everyone else is beneath him. Sadly, that mentality makes up a large portion of society — which brings me back around to my statement that what you do does not define who you are.
My Mom has always called me stubborn; perhaps she was/is on to something. It appears that God felt the same way– as I was aparently choosing not to hear His Word — at least I did not believe it applied to me. God doesn’t play around – and if you are not aware of that, He will be glad to tell or show you. Sometimes — as in my case — he allowed me to fall — BIG time!! However, it was only through his GRACE, MERCY, and FORGIVENESS that I was able to understand, appreciate, and become a servant to Him and what He is about. Which brings me back to the title of this post. When I fell, I did NOT feel like I was worthy of anything; especially, His love and/or forgiveness. I now realize He was the first to forgive and the first to show love (I had not realized that fact though right away )
Society around me (largely made up of the die-hard “Catholics” — heavy on the quotes) was the first to take my mess and use it against me. They let me know (through actions — non-Christian actions from Church-going
Catholics Christians) that I was immediately removed from their circle of purity. Their true colors were waiving high on the flag pole of hypocracy for everyone to see!
While I would normally not give a rats ass what others think, this behavior was coming directly from those boasting about their “Godly” behavior and self-righteousness. I am not saying people should not be held accountable for their actions — they most certainly should. What I am saying, however, is that people are human. People are going to make mistakes; some much worse than others. As humans, we are perfectly imperfect. Instead of condemming people for their imperfections, we, as a society, should walk that same walk we soak up in whatever Word we choose to follow. It appears that “love thy neighbor” only applies when the neighbor are perfect like they are (insert sarcasm icon)
It becomes quite difficult to teach our children tolerance when the very society we live in refuses to do so.
Imperfect people have amazing qualities about them .. We need to take the time to find out what they are :)