The internet is dangerous.
It makes it possible for you to reduce people to ideas. It makes it possible to say really nasty and thoughtless things about people that you would never say to their face.
Over the past week I’ve had some weird comments made about me.
On Tuesday, one of my coworkers was asking me how I was feeling about it all and I told him:
‘Ya know. Whatevs. No big d’.
But a more accurate and honest response would have been:
‘Uhhhhh…weird? Cause it’s weird? Cause those things aren’t even true!’
One of my hot buttons is being misunderstood.
I’ll be the first to raise my hand and tell you that I am indeed the worst of sinners; that I am indeed the problem with the Church, but it’s hard to know what to do with accusations that don’t seem accurate.
I hate the feeling of being charged with something I don’t think I did.
But it’s good for me. Cause all this has me thinking a lot about Jesus and the Cross and the Gospel and Sin.
Brother, if any man thinks ill of you, do not be angry with him; for you are worse than he thinks you to be. If he charges you falsely on some point, yet be satisfied, for if he knew you better he might change the accusation, and you would be no gainer by the correction. If you have your moral portrait painted, and it is ugly, be satisfied; for it only needs a few blacker touches, and it would be still nearer the truth.
There is no feedback that we could hear that would paint us in too harsh a light. We have more weaknesses than we see.
Here’s the deal: there is only one Person who would be justified to truly raise His hands and protest full innocence to any charge against Him.
And yet, despite His innocence, He is the one who has taken on the punishment for all my crimes.
That means that no accusation against me will stand; not the ones that are crazy and not the ones that are right and true.
The great news of being found in Christ is that we are able to see our failures without it effecting our worth or value.
When you feel defensiveness rise in you, when you feel the urge to defend or protest that the charges against you are wrong or too harsh, remind yourself that there is more darkness in you than you know, but Jesus is a greater light than you have yet dreamed, and it’s on His righteousness we stand.