There have been a lot of things that have been done in the name of Christ, some good and some not so good. There have been majestic Cathedrals built by artisans over ages to honor Him. There have been celebrities giving all the glory to Jesus Christ for their success. Yet there have also been horrific things done in His name as well. The crusades is one of the darkest time in the history of Christendom. War was waged all because those calling themselves Christians thought that those who were not Christians should die. This is not what the love of Christ is all about.
I know that the crusades may seem like a rather harsh example of not doing or rather walking the walk that God would have us walk, but in God’s eyes sin is sin. Whether we are killing people in Christ’s name or killing His image in their sight, it is all the same to God.
Let me explain what I mean by killing His image. Every time we do something that is contrary to following Christ those watching us we are actually destroying His image, because we are representatives of Him.
I know that for me there have been times when I have not been a good representative of Christ. Much to my dismay I have given cause for others not to have a desire to come to Christ, which is our commission.
I have learned to be more responsible about how I act and what I say and how I say it. Sometimes silence is the best and just allow the world to see your walk.
Most importantly we need to love people. These are not only the people in the church (because unity is important) but the people outside of the church. Those who don’t know Christ as their Savior need to see His love and the only way they can do that is for them to see that through you and me.
This is how Christ wants us to live, loving Him with all our heart and soul and mind and then to others as you love yourself. It seems simply enough but to put it into action on a daily basis is impossible without the help of the Holy Spirit.
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