Christianity is not an exclusive club. Although we may, unfortunately, encounter a person or group that make us feel like Christianity is exclusive, it's just not the truth. In fact, may I be so bold as to suggest that Christians are one of the most misunderstood groups of people in some first-world nations? We're even misunderstood by each other! (Commence tongue-biting in 3, 2, 1...)
I'm in dangerous territory, I know, but I'm not here to start arguments or raise conflict. I just want to start your heart rumbling and your wheels turning. There was a quote (maybe a Tweet?) I read the other day, and since I can't find it again for the life of me, here was the gist: Christianity isn't exclusive. In fact, it's so inclusive, that instead of people being concerned with who's being left out, they should consider who is let in: the sinners. The beggars, the orphans, the widows, the nobodies, the prostitutes, drug addicts, alcoholics, abusers, thieves, and the worst and least of these. Is that the kind of club you'd want exclusive access to? Nuh uh. That doesn't sound like an especial club at all; except maybe especially dangerous.
But wait! There's more!
Here it is, the beauty of it all: We sinners, and I'll say I am among the worst, we have been made new and have been accepted into a family -- not a club, a family -- of people just like us, who know a loving Father who forgives us, a perfect Brother who gives us peace, and a strong Protector who fights for us, in our new family tree. We've been saved from our old selves, and have been brushed off, made new and clean, and we are God's children now. God actually calls us righteous because of what His Son did for us. So that's pretty cool.
Can we for a minute (or forever, please) forget about the "rules" and "requirements" of Christianity, and just love each other?
Here, look at this:
Can we for a minute forget the "rules" & "requirements" of Christianity, & just love each other?
My study bible says in reference to Luke 13:24 that "absolutely everyone has the opportunity to experience His wonderful grace." That's one of the least-exclusive things I've ever read, and I whole-heartedly agree with it. My prayer is that all who are lost will be found, by realizing and accepting the grace that's freely theirs for the taking.
CHIME IN! Have you experienced a person or group who made you feel like Christianity was all about the "Shalt Nots" instead of being centered around the Gospel? How did you respond? Let me know in the comments! ⤵︎