Not Bitter, It’s Just better
. . . not by works, so that no one can boast. Ephesians 2:9
I’m not a perfect Christian, and—come to think of it—I’ve never met one. That’s why I don’t try to measure others’ “Christian quotient.” I make mistakes and sometimes don’t even do a good job of explaining my faith well. Here’s the thing. I don’t wish to force my beliefs down anyone’s throat. Though I’ll share my faith unapologetically, I implore fellow faith-filled fallible human beings to quit pretending anyone’s effective in forcing others to see the light. Only God can reveal Truth. Let’s not pretend we’re holier than others. You are not. I am not. What a turnoff. We’re just fortunate enough to have been knocked to our knees at some point in life and grabbed hold of the outstretched hand offering undeserved grace. During the 2008 campaign, Barack Obama said that a lot of people in small towns are “bitter” and that they “cling to guns or religion or antipathy to people who aren’t like them or anti-immigrant sentiment or anti-trade sentiment as a way to explain their frustrations.” Well, that’s not me (if it’s anybody). I cling to God not because I am bitter, but because there’s nothing better.
Sweet Freedom in Action Today
Try to see others as God sees them and ask for a heart that lets you love others as He does. Cling to the promises offered in Christ’s nail-scarred hand. Never let go.