After observing some back and forth “religion” debate on Facebook the other day, it made me start thinking about all the things that people will do and say, “In the name of the Lord.” Maybe the Lord did tell you to buy that lotto ticket. In fact, my son’s pastor told him it was fine, but if he won, he’d need to tithe double as there is a sinner’s tax, I guess? (he was kidding!) And I know He leads a lot of folks to our local casino. “Thank the Lord” is heard most often when a person wins! My hubby and I were raised in church. His dad was a pastor,and my hubby has a theology degree because the Lord told his parents that he should. They also said he needed to marry a woman who could play the piano. Well, that didn’t work out! I hope that wasn’t Lord issued, too! Forgive me, if you think I am being sacrilegious (ugh….Christianese word, sorry!) because that is not the intention of this writing. The true intention is to make me think more and to make you think more about your words and actions and the long-term that goes with them.
For several years, I worked for Hobby Lobby, a national retail store. The owners are Christian people who are very generous to the missions and ministries that they choose. This was well-known in the area where we lived at the time, and it was amazing what “Christian” people would expect because of this. Discounts, donations, cash. All in the name of the Lord, mind you. The fact that this was a business AND that the employee/manager would lose their job, never seemed to occur to them. But it’s for “the church”, you would here most often. Not all were unkind. But many were and unfortunately, “The Church” folks were the ones the employees wanted to avoid. Why? Their words turned meaner, quicker. Sometimes I would be extremely embarrassed for the scenes they would make! If you think I am exaggerating, okay. But I’m not~
A sweet friend of mine used to waitress at Pioneer Pies in Oklahoma City. She loved her job and was very people friendly. But she said she and her co-workers always dreaded Sunday lunch rush. In her very southern accent, she would say, “Those church people are the most demanding and then they don’t leave much of a tip at all, if any.”
I know that “Christian” does not mean perfect. BOY do I know that. I know that everyone has their day and messes up. But when it happens, do you fix it? Or do you just leave that person standing there with that bad taste of Christian in their mouth? If you are going to play the Christian card and speak for the Lord….then you better choose your words carefully. I sure don’t wanna be standing next to you if you don’t!
I must say that I do indeed love Jesus. And He does prompt my heart to do things for people, often. Here is what I want you to know about me on this subject. 1. If I “Bless your heart” or “God bless you”, it is with sincerity. 2. And if I tell you that I’m going to pray for you, you can count on it. 3. If you are ugly to my friends or family In the Name of the Lord, I’ll be on you like june bugs on the front porch screen. 😉
Don’t be that church. Don’t be that person. Be nice to people! ♥ We really never know what that other person may be dealing with ~