Christians have the reputation of behaving in ways that are both sanctimonious and intolerant. It is as though salvation acts as a memory-eraser; once the Christian has achieved redemption by God, he or she uses that acceptance to make others feel excluded through criticism. They spread gossip by referring to it as a prayer request, and by rejecting a person as soon as he or she does something offensive. Yes, Christians should behave differently. Christians have always been expected to behave differently. On the other hand, non-Christians should not be held to the same standards. Why condemn a person for behaving in the way that is natural to them?
Once a person thinks he, or she has arrived, that person holds to the belief that no one can tell them anything new, yet he or she can instruct others with impunity. In Paul’s letter to the Corinthians, he writes, “What business is it of mine to judge those outside the church? Are you not to judge those inside?” (1Cor. 5:12) Unless it has a direct impact, what someone else does with his or her life is the business of that person.
In that spirit, here are a few wise quotes that are biblically/Christianity based, but also make sense for those who do not ascribe to this faith.
“Walk in your God-given authority, or someone will take it and use it against you.” John Bevere
“Do not judge, or you too will be judged. For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.” Matthew 7:1-2
“If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone.” Romans 12:18
“Humility is not thinking less of yourself, it’s thinking of yourself less.” C.S. Lewis
“Man is fond of counting his troubles, but he does not count his joys. If he counted them up as he ought to, he would see that every lot has enough happiness provided for it.” Fyodor Dostoyevsky
“A child who is allowed to be disrespectful to his parents will not have true respect for anyone.” Billy Graham
“You can be pitiful, or you can be powerful, but you can’t be both” Joyce Meyer
“When you are in the final days of your life, what will you want?
Will you hug that college degree in the walnut frame? Will you ask to be carried to the garage so you can sit in your car? Will you find comfort in rereading your financial statement? Of course not. What will matter then will be people. If relationships will matter most then, shouldn’t they matter most now? Max Lucado
“Real freedom is freedom from the opinions of others. Above all, freedom from your opinions about yourself. ” Brennan Manning
Learn to do right; seek justice. Defend the oppressed. Take up the case of the fatherless; plead the case of the widow. Isaiah 1:17
A man or woman does not have to be a Christian to be a kind person, and declaring oneself a Christian does not preclude a person from engaging in bad behaviour. With open minds and open hearts, every person, regardless of beliefs, can coexist and try to treat his or her neighbours with respect. “Love your neighbor as yourself”, was a commandment, not a guideline.
Imagine what the world would be like if everyone followed it.