Have you ever had anyone question your Christianity? Someone questions your faith because you didn’t do as they thought you should, they say you aren’t a good Christian? As a result, their words become a stumbling block to your Christian walk? This happened to me and it rattled me to the core. But whose moral code am I supposed to follow? This person’s? The world’s? Yours?
As a follower of Jesus Christ, I follow his commands. Jesus directed us to love the Lord God with all your heart, mind, and soul and love your neighbor as yourself. My accuser felt I didn’t follow the second half of Jesus’ command and the words spoken planted seeds of doubt and accusation. (Each believer must watch the words coming from their mouths. We can plant detrimental seeds which can damage others, becoming a stumbling block in their life. I’ve been guilty of this. So are others. Our words should be uplifting and encouraging.)
After much contemplation, I realized the seeds planted in my heart and mind were negative and unproductive. I had to pull them up and cast them aside. If I had not seen them for what they were, they could have taken root and caused great damage to my walk with Jesus.
No one knows the heart of another. We all have free will to choose what we do and don’t do. But to judge another because they don’t do what God has asked them to do, (but not another) is unfair. Each of us is given tasks we are to do and they are different for each of us.
Most believers try to be a good witness for our Lord. I’m no different. I make no claims to be perfect. In fact, I make mistakes, choose poorly, or don’t do things others think I should on a regular basis. Does that make me a bad Christian? No, it makes me human. And it certainly doesn’t make you a poor Christian if you don’t follow another’s rules or expectations.
The world hates Christians. As the dark days descend, we will be judged more harshly everyday. Yet, we must stand firm in our faith. There is no condemnation from Jesus. He already took the sin, shame, and death for everyone who believes. We shall not perish, but shall have ever lasting life with Father God in Heaven. But we must prepare our hearts for the evil that is coming. Don’t allow others to become a stumbling block. Do not allow others to take your focus off Jesus. Stay on the path God has laid out before you. Walk with Jesus each and every day.
Matthew 22:37-39 (AMP) 37 And He replied to him, You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind (intellect). 38 This is the great (most important, principal) and first commandment. 39 And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as [you do] yourself.