“I’m so glad you’re not friends with this person anymore. Have you seen the type of person they are now?”
“I can’t believe he/she did that.”
“They’re not so great. I’ve heard some things.”
How many of us have participated in conversations like this by simply receiving the words or being the sole provider of those words? This has been a recurring conversation that I’ve experienced throughout the past few years. It may not even be laced with malicious intent, but it absolutely and completely goes against the Gospel message.
It’s actually an awful part of the human heart.
We tend to hoist ourselves into the seat of the judge and condemn people left and right while shaking our heads and fingers at them in utter disbelief. We put on the armor of self-righteousness and don’t allow for individuals to have a chance of redemption. To put it simply, we disqualify people.
Rahab from the Bible. What do we associate with her? We often attach the noun of prostitute to the end of her name because of what she was known for. However, the loyal actions of Rahab providing a place for the two Jewish spies drastically changes what she was known for. If you look further down in history, you will note that she in fact, becomes the great, great grandmother of King David. And yes, she falls into the bloodline of Jesus Christ. We know this. This is a simple Christian story of redemption we can rattle off at a moment’s notice. But, when does our head knowledge become heart knowledge?
We often internally or externally proclaim our grandiose understanding of grace, but it really shows up when we interact with people and view people from afar. No matter their story, it’s becoming more and more apparent how much in need of grace we all are.
So, the next time we step into a conversation about someone who did something not worthy of being placed into a hall of fame, let’s choose to let a bit more of grace flow freely.
Let’s switch our conversations to reflect how Jesus sees this person.
Instead of attaching nouns and adjectives to people contradicting the Gospel, let’s rightfully place the truth in front of, behind, and all around their name and actions. They are indeed loved, saved by grace, and worth dying for.