Blog #27: The Deepest Mystery in Life

By John Cline
For me, the deepest mystery in life does not involve pondering how wide the universe is, or wondering about what aquatic life lives at the bottom of the deepest oceans, or philosophizing about how is it that mosquitoes have any real reason for existing, or questioning why it was  that the sky was created to be blue and grass created to be green? No, none of those kinds of mysteries perplex me as much as this one: how is it that a person who professes to be a “Christian” somehow feels it is ok or somehow “justified” for them to be rude, mean-spirited, ungenerous in spirit, or simply a jerk towards another person? How is that ok? I simply do not understand it.
Jesus is very clear that we are to love our enemies as ourselves, that we are to forgive others any offenses they have caused, that being angry with another is akin to murdering them, and on and on. Elsewhere in the New Testament, in his letters to the various churches and Christians he was writing to, the Apostle Paul said over and over again to be kind towards one another, generous in spirit, loving, and forgiving. I just don’t understand meanness. Not that I am perfect: I have often been short with people and said things I regret. So have you. But, to be an all-out mean-spirited “Christian”, or to not hold back in doing a thing so grievous that it would actually hurt the Lord, well, how is that justified?
I want to say that being a pastor is an incredible blessing. People are so kind and loving and generous towards me and my family. In the same way, I get to see or hear about people treating others in the way the Lord would want and be pleased by. So, I am not writing here about anyone being mean to me. But, I have seen “Christians” treating family members, friends, neighbours, or casual acquaintances in a manner that absolutely bewilders me. I commend those people who are truly “Christian” in word and deed, who display their faith in the kind, loving way they treat others, and who are living proof of the “new creation” that Christians are to be through Jesus Christ. But, to those “Christians” who treat other people poorly, I simply want to scream “stop it!” at them. And, sometimes I do. At the very least, I do pray for them. But, their actions mystify me.
So, please, please, please be kind and loving and generous in spirit and forgiving to others. The old saying, “What Would Jesus Do (WWJD)” should compel you! And, God will bless you if you to the right things in this regard. In advance, “thank you!”
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