June 2, 2015

Caitlyn Jenner & the reason I'm embarrassed to call myself a Christian

I think it's safe to say I don't need to preface this post with who Caitlyn Jenner is. If you haven't heard by now, you're probably living under a rock. And if you're living under a rock, you're probably not reading my blog.

The number of Facebook posts on the topic is too high to be quantifiable. Every single news outlet now has their own version of the same story. Every Jenner/Kardashian family member has been quoted. And Caitlyn actually broke the record for gaining 1 million Twitter followers in such a short amount of time. To state the obvious; people are talking. In fact, she might be the one in that family with an actual shot at "breaking the internet".

As I've watched the commentary going on around me though, a single (terrifying) reality has hit me over, and over, and over again. I am absolutely ashamed to be Christian right now. Our instructions have been communicated. Our code of conduct has long since been established. And yet, for His will being so crystal clear, we seem to be utterly incapable of conducting ourselves in the way we have been commanded.

"Conduct yourselves with wisdom toward outsiders, making the most of the opportunity.   6 Let your speech always be with grace, seasoned, as it were, with salt, so that you may know how you should respond to each person," (Col. 4:5-6).

This doesn't mean you have to agree with someone's choices. You don't have to choose their same lifestyle. You don't have to buckle under society's pressure to change your opinion, nor would I ever encourage anyone to do that. What you, we, do have to do though, is step down from the pedestal if we're ever going to successfully call people to Christ. What we do have to do is love our neighbors, and our enemies. Most importantly, what we have to do is start casting the same judgment inside the church as we do outside it. We need, no we have, to stop focusing on the belief that we are righteous because others are not.

"Do not judge, and you will not be judged; and do not condemn, and you will not be condemned; pardon, and you will be pardoned. "Give, and it will be given to you. They will pour into your lap a good measure--pressed down, shaken together, and running over. For by your standard of measure it will be measured to you in return." And He also spoke a parable to them: "A blind man cannot guide a blind man, can he? Will they not both fall into a pit?"

There is of course a caveat to this. I am not telling you not to judge with a righteous intent, for that we have been called to do. I am, however, encouraging you to not be blind. To not lead others into a pit. To not pass up the opportunity to minister to others because you're too busy walking around with your own false sense of righteousness.