“You’re not cold, you’re not hot—far better to be either cold or hot! You’re stale. You’re stagnant. You make me want to vomit.” – Revelation 3:15-16 MSG
People who speak opposing messages with their lives infuriate the faculties. It’s the parent who teaches good parenting techniques while ignoring their child. It’s the grammar teacher who is grammatically incorrect. It’s the Christian who jumps on a pop-culture bandwagon.
Scripture has fighting words for people who speak opposing messages with her lives. You can either believe in the gospel or completely oppose it, but don’t mix the two and expect to get some sort of credit out of it. One of the greatest offenses that I’ve seen is when a person proclaims the gospel of Christ, His forgiveness and unending love, but then use their actions to deny it person next to them.
“The old life is gone; a new life burgeons! Look at it! All this comes from the God who settled the relationship between us and him, and then called us to settle our relationships with each other. “ – 2 Corinthians 5:17 MSG
These people use Christianity is a moral disguise rather than becoming the statement they claim to believe. Creation shudders at the reality that it is more Christian-like to dispose of someone than it is to restore a relationship with them. The tragedy is when people spend more time trying to define and defend themselves rather than trying to reconcile the broken. It’s a disaster because people treat the Blood of the Lamb as though it flows to them without flowing through them. They hoard the treasure as though it’s limited.
“God put the world square with himself through the Messiah, giving the world a fresh start by offering forgiveness of sins. God has given us the task of telling everyone what he is doing. We’re Christ’s representatives. God uses us to persuade men and women to drop their differences and enter into God’s work of making things right between them.”– 2 Corinthians 5:18-19 MSG
You are not entitled to claim the path of righteousness as though it is your own to guard against the impotence of others. We are all hobbled by our own humanity. We are all given the gift of righteousness through the sacrifice of Jesus. There is not a single human being who can take that away from you. Out of that belief, do not think for a second that you can take it away from another. We are all in the same boat. Toppling them topples you.
Offer your kindness to someone. See if there is enough left in the debris to restore an old friendship.