Who is a Christian fraud?

“How often I’ve ached to embrace your children the way a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, and you wouldn’t let me.” Matthew 23:37

In the Matthew passage, Jesus came down hard on the Pharisees, calling them “frauds.” Our society today is filled with Christian frauds. We no longer kill or torture those who disagree with us in religious or cultural ways by gathering a crowd and casting stones. We wage wars that kill innocent people and talented young men and women troops.

But on the home front, we kill with words or by laughing at or ignoring someone who is different. People suffer in silence for our rude or insensitive behavior. It is painful to read headlines in newspapers or watch a parent on a talk show tell about why their teen put a gun to his or her head when they could no longer tolerate being bullied by other kids, or in some cases, adults.

If I’ve said or done something, which may have caused someone to leave a job, quit a committee, give up public service of any kind, then Jesus would consider me to be a Christian fraud. But guess what, instead of giving up on me, he’ll open his wide arms of grace and forgive me.

Lord of all amazing things, do we deserve you? Help ease us into grace and live in your ways. Amen.

About lindagillis

I am a retired church office servant, a writer, speaker for conferences, events, and retreats, and advocate for those who work in the church office. I began writing seriously after winning the 2006 Guideposts Writer's Workshop and being published in "Guideposts" and "Angels on Earth" magazines. I have self-published two book, "The Donut Theory--Meditation and Inspiration for the Church Office" and "Humble Beginnings--Daily Meditation Moments". My other passion is family and traveling to visit family and friends.
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