There’s a meme going around on social media that states “YOU CANNOT TREAT PEOPLE LIKE GARBAGE AND WORSHIP GOD AT THE SAME TIME.” This is directed to Christians and is ASSUMING you must be a perfect person to worship God. I’m assuming this meme is really directed to an individual(s) that has lost the respect of someone else because of they didn’t like the behavior of said Christian. But, we all fall short of God’s Glory whether we are a Christian or not. None of us are perfect. So this started me thinking about people that ridicule Christians for not being perfect.
Is anyone perfect? Do you have to be perfect to worship God? So I read the Word and this is what I found. Fellow Christians trying to walk this hard walk, refer to the scriptures below if you’ve been ridiculed or feel like people expect you to be perfect. Ecclesiastes 7:20 There is not a righteous person on earth who always does good and never sins.
Do people talk about you? Do they lie? Do they accuse you falsely? In society today, people are always looking for people to accuse, blame, talk about, or condemn. Even if there isn’t a shred of truth to it some people enjoy the process. Do not repay them with insult or blame, just pray. Proverbs 24:29 states “Do not say, I will do to him as he has done to me; I will pay the man back what he has done.” They may kiss your cheek and hug you one day and send you down the muddy river of insult the next. If this has happened to you, then you are in good company. Even Jesus experienced this while on Earth.
In this life there will be trials. The Word states that this is so. So, I don’t doubt that you’ve never experienced such ridicule. But, sometimes it is difficult to understand or endure when someone lies. It is hard to see beyond your hurt feelings or the loss they cause. This is when we fall. Instead of turning it over to Jesus we try to “fix” it ourselves. But the Word says it even happened to Jesus. As one without sin He met many who ridiculed him and were willing to do worse. Why does that happen? Why when He was so good and healed and blessed so many, why? Why do people try to hurt those that help them? Jealousy? Ignorance? I’m not really sure, but it still occurs daily. In James 1:2-3 the word says to “Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance.”
As humans it is only natural to want to repay evil with evil. It is human nature to want to protect yourself, your family, and your reputation. But God’s got you and His word proclaims His truth, not the words of the world, in which we live. If you are a Christian, this world isn’t your destination. But the Word says in 1 Peter 3:9 “Do not repay evil for evil or reviling for reviling, but on the contrary, bless, for to this you were called, that you may obtain a blessing.” Our walks here on earth are difficult, but not without promise. It isn’t a sign of weakness that you turn the other cheek, it is a sense of obedience.
No one is perfect. You will be condemned. You will suffer trials and temptations. You will not be perfect. But, God is forgiving and He is the ultimate answer.