After reading many posts and blogs about Caitlyn Jenner, I am absolutely disgusted by how some Christians represent Christ on this topic. I know that I am super late writing this, but I feel like someone needs to call us “Christians” out on how we are handling this.
Let me remind you: 34 “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. 35 By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” (John 13:34-35 NIV)
If we love people, we do not say that they have “crossed the line”. We love them unconditionally and show Christ to them. If Caitlyn were to walk into our Church (Journey Church Tifton, GA) on a Sunday morning, I guarantee you she would be welcomed with love and treated the way we all should treat each other. Not that we would condone the sin but provide help to the sinner.
Some Christians have absolutely made fools of themselves trying to make it look like we are hateful, non-caring, people who seek out sinners and call them out on what they are doing wrong. Instead, why don’t we show Caitlyn and the rest of the world what it looks like to be real followers of Christ? Let the light of Jesus Christ shine through us so much (and I mean so much that there is no question that we love them) that they want to investigate Jesus. They are directed straight to Jesus. Once they have an encounter with Christ, He can change them.
I’ve read other bloggers who have said, “We should love them, but where do we draw the line?”
My response to that is that it is not our place to draw that line. While I wish that we could make executive decisions like that and make everything about Jesus, there is something called America. It would be awesome if every person here in the U.S. knew Jesus and had a relationship with Him. But, our country exists to be a free country. While I agree that it would be awesome if everyone followed Jesus and His commandments, our country is a place for people to be free and be whoever they want. The land of the free.
If we require all people to follow the same rules as Christians, that would mean (since our country is free) that any religion should be followed. If Christians expect people to follow their religion then so could muslims.
My main point here is that we should show compassion and love people rather than bash them and throw a religion at them that they do not even know. Show Christ. Display Christ. Be light to this dark world.
I may not agree with Caitlyn Jenner but I do not think that pointing out her flaws is what Jesus wants me to do.
“Do not judge, or you too will be judged. 2 For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you. 3 “Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye? 4 How can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when all the time there is a plank in your own eye? 5 You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye. (Matthew 7:1-5 NIV)
“This is the message we have heard from him and declare to you: God is light; in him there is no darkness at all. 6 If we claim to have fellowship with him and yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not live out the truth. 7 But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin. 8 If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. 9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. 10 If we claim we have not sinned, we make him out to be a liar and his word is not in us.” (1 John 1:5-10 NIV)
“9 Anyone who claims to be in the light but hates a brother or sister[b] is still in the darkness. 10 Anyone who loves their brother and sister[c] lives in the light, and there is nothing in them to make them stumble. 11 But anyone who hates a brother or sister is in the darkness and walks around in the darkness. They do not know where they are going, because the darkness has blinded them.” (1 John 2:9-11)