I stand accused of being too Christian and acting perfect. Hmm…there’s something wrong with that statement. It’s a bit contradictory…or at least it should be. How can I be “too Christian” and “acting perfect” at the same time? I must be doing something right to be handed that Christian accusation, but I must be doing something wrong to also be tagged as “acting perfect.”
“Perfect.” Yuck! That word leaves a bad taste in my mouth. I’m not perfect. I’m nowhere near perfect. In fact, I wrote a book on just how much I have managed to mess up in this life. Yet, that is one of the reasons I stand accused.
Friends, where have I gone wrong with this? Am I just not broken enough yet? Have I not fully surrendered my ways to God?
I think I have been fairly blunt in admitting that I can be a mess. It is most certainly not my intention to come across as if I think I’m perfect.
Maybe it’s not all me. Maybe how I am choosing to live is causing my accusers to feel guilty. Maybe they are not happy with how they are living. So they take it out on me because I’m choosing to walk a different path.
Now, don’t get me wrong. I know where I came from. I have not forgotten where I have been. But, I also know that while I may now stand accused I also stand redeemed. Redeemed by the blood of the Lamb. Redeemed by the One who washes the sin away. Redeemed by the One who tells me it’s okay because He knows the plans He has for me still.
Even though some do not want to forgive, or change their path, that doesn’t take away what my Savior has given me. Striving to live a better life does not mean I think I’m perfect. Not wanting to be around things, or people, that could cause me to stumble doesn’t mean that either. And I see nothing wrong in encouraging someone I love to live better also. That doesn’t necessarily mean that I’m judging. It means that I want my loved one to know the freedom that comes with surrendering your life to God.
So, they can accuse me all day long. I will do my best to have a more humble heart. I will strive to show more grace to others. But, being “too Christian…” Well, I’ll take that accusation, and we will let the ultimate Judge hand down the verdict on that. 😉