“Thou Shalt Not” vs. Love

If you were to ask non christians in our country what Christians stand for, these are the answers you would get:
Against gay marriage
No sex before marriage
No lying
No cheating
No stealing
No alcohol
No cussing
Whatever the Bible says.

The list goes on.

Rarely will someone say:
They believe in Jesus Christ
In unconditional love
In compassion
In mercy
In kindness
In helping the poor, widows, and orphans

Why is it this way?
It breaks my heart when people at school ask me if I’m a Christian and when I say yes the first thing they say starts with “so, you believe I can’t..” We, as Christians, have represented ourselves in a way that only shows people rules, regulations, and restrictions. Instead, we should be exhibiting love, joy, and freedom. If we aren’t bound by sin anymore, why do we insist on making Christianity all about rules?

Of course, we live by certain commandments, but they should not define us. Love should. “Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?” Jesus replied: “ ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ Matthew 22:36-39 NIV

My entire life I have heard the saying, “Love the sinner, hate the sin.” Well, it’s not loving the sinner if all you do is point out their sin. It’s not our job to point out other people’s sin and when we do, we ultimately judge them. If we love them, it’s our job to point them to Jesus.

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