Personally, I LOVE the quote “I hear what you saying, I just dont believe you”. That is often times what runs through my head when I KNOW someone is frontin… However I have heard this quote used many times referring to people who have turned their lives over to Christ. I know VERY well that not everyone who claims Christ is a very accurate representation of His character, but I also know that NO ONE is going to be a perfect representation of the true character of Christ because no one is perfect. I think it bothers me most when people judge christians by their past. “I hear what you saying, I just dont believe you because I know that you used to _________(fill in the blank).
The same way a battered woman decides to leave an abusive man, the same way a man or woman decides to get on a diet, the same way a man realizes he is falling in love and decides to make that special woman HIS forever, is the same way a person makes up in their mind that the way they have been living is all wrong and decides to follow Christ. The same way that all it takes is a split second long thought to judge someone, is the same way a person changes their mind from choosing death to choosing Life, yet those are the people who get criticized.
I have always said that I have known Christ all of my life. I have not. I have understood the gospel all of my life. Though I have always professed to be a follower of Christ, it would not be hard for some involved in my past to conclude different, whether it be through my attitude, actions, things I said etc. There were many times when I was a TERRIBLE representation of the kingdom of God and the character of Jesus Christ. BUT not too long ago, I have really taken the time to not only understand Jesus Christ, but to get to know Him. I have found myself changing simply because of the knowledge of who He is, not necessarily because I am asking for change.
Often times I would be hesitant to make a Facebook status or tweet about Jesus because I knew I would seem like a hypocrite, but the bottom line is that…it only took a thought. It only took a split second long thought to change my mind from believing Jesus is alright to knowing He is All Right. That is why it bothers me when I see people who have not ye understood the fullness of God’s love and grace judge people who took the time to think, and make a decision between life and death.
I am excited about the life ahead of me. I am blessed to be in my right mind, blessed to have fully functioning limbs, blessed with parents who are still together and love and serve Christ daily, blessed with a loving boyfriend who is exploring the goodness of God along with me, blessed with a brother who has been an INCREDIBLE role model for me, blessed with a church that is controlled by the spirit of God, blessed to have a future that is abundant in favor, love, and wisdom, blessed to have a past full of mistakes and pain, but most of all blessed to be forgiven.
So next time you think you’re any better than the person that took that split long second to make a choice… boo, “I hear what you saying, I just don’t believe you.”
i just need someone who would should me how much i mean to them, ive been that person to so many people and i get tired sometimes but im not going to give up