Stop using religion to spread hate

Our society has been turned into a battle arena, constantly pitting people against each other.

Politics tends to be a central point of heated discussion. More and more each day, America seems to be hateful.

In a country where we are supposed to be united — I mean, it’s right in the title — we become more and more divided.

Politics aside, social media has created a medium for people to criticize, hate, slander and downright be rude to each other.

Sadly enough, most of the people I see who abuse the convenience are Christians, people who are told to treat others as they want to be treated. I’m not saying it is all Christians, but a hefty amount, especially those who are older, are the ones who use their religion to put down people and find flaws.

Although these people have lived as Christians and proclaim to read the Bible, go to church and praise the Lord, they tend to practice the exact opposite of what they’re taught.

As a Christian, one is taught to love, forgive and worship. It seems like a lot of them forget to do the first two.

Being a Christian myself, I am not saying I am the perfect one. I mess up, I sin, I do judge others. However, I recognize what I do, and I do NOT use my religion to justify my actions.

Fellow Christians, and even non-Christians, let me ask you a question. Why was Jesus crucified? That’s right, to die for our sins.

God loves us ALL so much he sent his ONLY son to die so that the things we do that are against His word are forgiven (John 3:16).

So, what makes YOU so special where you think you can judge others and decide how they should live and how bad of a sinner they are?

God gave you the same free-will He gave them. If this was not part of His plan, it simply would not happen.

Putting yourself in the same ultimate job as the Lord seems like you see yourself as a god yourself. But what about “Thou shalt have no other gods before Me” (Exodus 20:2)?

You’re calling someone else a sinner and using the Bible to justify your judgement when you are sinning yourself. We all sinful, so what makes yours forgivable but not theirs?

“Do not speak evil against one another, brothers,” James 4:11-12 states. “The one who speaks against a brother or judges his brother, speaks evil against the law and judges the law. But if you judge the law, you are not a doer of the law but a judge. There is only one lawgiver and judge, he who is able to save and to destroy. But who are you to judge your neighbor?”

What ALL Christians need to live by, instead of preaching hate and condemnation, is loving one another and leaving the judging up to big guy in the sky.

The Bible is riddled with verses that tell us to “love one another, just as I have loved you” (John 13:34.

How can you spew verses as a defense for your hatred while not following what has been written? You need to check yourself before you try and check others.

Two verses I will spew to you, with the kindest love for you in my heart are 1 John 4:20, which says, “If anyone says, ‘I love God,’ and hates his brother, he is a liar; for he who does not love his brother whom he has seen cannot love God whom he has not seen,” and 1 Peter 4:8, which says, “Above all, keep loving one another earnestly, since love covers a multitude of sins.”

Now, I am not judging you. You may live how you choose, and so shall I.

I am simply pointing out and helping you see how to be a BETTER Christian by spreading His message.

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