Daily Delight

Friday, June 17, 2016

When I was younger, I was told that it’s not always easy to wear the name “Christian.” I thought this was because of non-Christians, because of people who might “persecute” us good, church-going folk.

However in recent years, I’ve come to realize that in my life it’s still hard to wear the name of Christ, but mostly because of others who claim His name. People who preach hate and praise God in the same breath, who make the Church exclusive yet are focused on evangelism, who are so bent on the rules of Christianity that they forget about the souls living under them. It’s hard to be a Christian, because we don’t really have a good reputation. And it’s not because of what others are doing to us, it’s how we as a whole are portraying ourselves. Sadly, we’re not known as the loving, respectable people I thought we were when I was younger. And I don’t always want to be tied to these people, who throw around the name of Christ but don’t seem to know Him.

But there is always hope. There is Jesus, who knows what it’s like to be surrounded by insincere faith. There are good people, who are working toward a genuine religion and an inclusive church. And there is a choice to use Christ not a weapon, but as a tool of kindness and love. These things I can cling to. And it becomes a little easier to wear that name. Or do you think lightly of the riches of His kindness and tolerance and patience, not knowing that the kindness of God leads you to repentance? – Romans 2: (NASB) 

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About the Author

Sarah Dixon≫ ≫A native to Arkansas, Sarah is studying journalism at Harding University. She is a part-time barista, social media manager and copy editor. In her free time she enjoys dance, playing music and yoga. Sarah spent a semester in London and would love to return one day and hopefully use her gift of writing for the glory of God. You can read more of Sarah’s thoughts at gentlywhole.weebly.com


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