I experienced an interesting day in Houston last Friday delivering windows. I spent the night there so I was somewhat fresh beginning those shipments.
Since there were some very heavy windows and patio doors onboard I was given a helper. I’m extremely glad I had the help since my back was talking to me big time as it was before we were done.
Our first two stops were the ones that stand out in my mind for one particular reason. Each one had a person in a seriously bad mood.
The first guy had just been scolded by a co-worker for no good reason, at least that was his excuse for being in his funk.
He began telling us some personal information about his cohort that I had no inclination to care about. After a pause from us toward his ramifications of harm he finally realized we weren’t about to follow his funk so he began to change his attitude.
I flat out told him, “I’m just trying to deliver windows not get in the middle of someone else’s drama.”
The second stop had a younger guy in a sour mood for an unknown reason. Fortunately he took his pent up strain out on carrying the big windows in by himself. I didn’t want to extend his mood downward, but, honestly, if it made him work harder I was all for his temper problem.
My helper and I started hypothesizing about what made everybody in Houston so ill-tempered. It was either the water or something to do with living so close to the Gulf of Mexico. Whatever it was made us want to finish our deliveries and return home as soon as possible.
For the record our other stops were much more pleasant to accomplish. Two bad apples didn’t spoil everybody in Houston, just two fellers.
That got me to thinking about how people view Christians. They see a few people in the fringes of our society ranting about the evil lifestyles certain folks choose to live and assume all of us are egotistical bigots.
Of course we aren’t, but you can’t convince some people of that.
Sure, God frowns on certain behaviors laid out as sin in the Bible. But, He also frowns on us attempting to jamb our religion down someone’s throat in a forceful way. too.
Therein lies the problem. It’s not a religion we’re to be pushing but a fresh relationship with God as our adopted heavenly Father.
People aren’t to be dragged into this family kicking and screaming, but loved on a personal level.
The sin is what’s to be hated not the sinner.
The sinner should be a reminder of where we were before our adoption.
Jesus lived out an acceptance of people caught in sin while offering a fresh start.
Let’s follow His example, not those fire brands sending folks to hell with no chance to change.
Keep smiling and loving. Wade