It is our fault.
Christians should be the most loving, caring, forgiving, gracious, merciful, and compassionate people on the earth.
If we truly believe in Jesus of Nazareth as the Son of God, the Messiah (Christ) who came to forgive the sins of the world and save us as His own…
…then we are to live as He preached.
Jesus preached Love.
It’s our fault if, when people think of Christians, they do not think of Love.
I watched a show on Shalom TV last night: Repentance. It struck me hard. It is a film documenting a movement of repentance in Germany which acknowledges 2,000 years of anti-Semitic Church history that culminated in the Holocaust. It features Nobel Laureate Elie Wiesel.
After reading Night by Elie Wiesel years ago, I embarked on a study of his writings. Seeing his name in the description peaked my interest. Although I’m only 49 years old and have never been an anti-Semite, I felt compelled to ask God for forgiveness for my ancestors since I do have some German blood running through my veins.
I don’t really believe it works that way, that I can seek forgiveness for my ancestors. I do believe we will all stand individually and give an account for the deeds done in the flesh. However, I feel a deep grief over the 2000 years of Church history. I feel we have smeared Christ’s name by hateful acts of prejudice toward His people. And then, I think of all the other people we seem to snub, push aside, act as though we are better than…!!!
What’s wrong with us?
Do we really believe the words of Christ?
How is it we can be so hateful toward our fellow man and call ourselves Christians?
Christ came to save the lost,
To bind up the wounds of the broken,
To release the chains of the prisoner.
I could get on my soapbox and wax loooong about what we’ve done as Christians, but my point:
We need to apologize.
We need to apologize for the ugly distortion we have taught as Christ followers.
We need to apologize for the evil we’ve done in Christ’s name.
We need to love as He taught us to love the world.
We would not be here, we would not have any of our Christian teachings, if God did not choose the Jewish people through Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. They are the People of the Book. They have kept the sacred text indisputably incorrupt (proven through the Dead Sea Scrolls) for thousands of years. Our Savior came through this people…and look what we have done in His name…
Please. Please, accept this heartfelt statement of repentance from one lone girl deep in the heart of Texas.
This act of contrition is not for the Jewish people only, but for all people who have seen and heard an ugly word or action done in the name of Christ.
Please, forgive us.
If you do not see us as a loving people, we are to blame.
It is our fault.
Our Savior didn’t teach us to act this way.