One place you’re almost never going to find Jesus is in the newspaper’s “Letters to the Editor” section. What people who espouse religion will say about current issues is just unbelievable. I cringe with embarrassment, reading some of the judgmental hatred coming from the so-called Christians who write in. I have seen the most outrageous views expressed over the years. They would make Jesus roll over in his grave – if he were still there, that is.
Maybe they think they’re standing up for what’s right – and perhaps there is some truth in what they say – but there’s nothing of compassion or understanding or love or God. Doesn’t that matter? Didn’t Jesus say something about Christians being recognized by their love – not their self-righteousness?
I hope people don’t think Jesus is like that, but I can’t really do anything about it if they do. No, I take that back. I can’t do anything about it on a global level, maybe, but I can one on one. How I treat people matters. What I say to people matters. Whether or not I go out of my way to be kind to someone matters. That’s why it’s so important to stay in touch with him: it’s the only way I can even begin to know something of how he sees the world.
Actually, it occurs to me that maybe I should try to work up a little compassion myself. The phrase “be tolerant of the intolerant” might be applicable to me in this case. Yikes.