What is a bad Christian? If you’re anything like me, you’ll picture a Christian who sins a lot, and you’ll be right. But the thing is, a bad Christian is no different than you and me. I’ll tell you why.
We’re all sinners, and it doesn’t matter how many good things we’ve done, we’re still sinners. For one good deed, there are ninety-nine bad ones. The truth is, we’ve all sinned, and no one is better than the other. But what’s worse is how we look at others with that same title.
Before I go on, I want to explain how Jesus sees us.First, we have this theory that when we come to the Lord, we’re no longer sinners. We become these holy white soldiers, and that’s great, but the problem comes when we see ourselves as those white soldiers and we look down on those who live in sin, as if we no longer partake in that.
I want you to be honest with yourself. If you take everything you did during the day, and wrote it on paper, how much of it would you show me? How much of it would you show God if He asked to see your list? If you give the Lord your list without a single crossed out or erased word, congratulations, you’ve just lied to the God of the universe.
So should we cross out those bad things in our lives. Of course, but that doesn’t mean you’re any less worthy or loved if you fall for those things. We’re still sinners, even after we come to Christ, because we continue to sin even then! But Jesus looks at us through His blood. He sees us as white as snow and washed in His blood. Blameless. Flawless.
But that’s where I get angry. People seem to take that as an entitlement and not as a privilege. We think we’re on a higher plane than those dirty sinners who don’t believe. We’re like the rich guy who washes his hands after he’s shaken hands with a pauper. I’ve seen Christians who are personally like this, and it grieves me.
The thing is, we’re all bad Christians. And when I look at the cross, I find it truly amazing that God would send His son to take my place. Even more amazing is that He no longer looks at my sin. He forgave me before I even invited Him into my heart. That’s amazing!
But does that give us a ticket to freely sin? When people ask me this, I always say, “So you weren’t in sin before?” God’s grace is not about being able to freely sin, it’s about living free in the knowledge that even when we fall into sin, God’s always there to lift us back up. If we willingly sin, we’re abusing God’s grace, and it hurts Him terribly. I’ll warn you right now, sin is not going to love you. It leaves you in the dark with a bright red mark on your back, and it doesn’t apologize (quote from the Restoring)! So why would you willingly fall into sin in the first place? I can only think it would be because you don’t want God, but look what happens then. It’s not a good place.
I want to share this lyric from Mercyme’s song, Greater. “There are days I lose the battle, but grace says that it doesn’t matter, ’cause the cross already won the war!” Amazing!
So Christians, please stop judging others who aren’t on the supposed same level as you, because we’ve all come short of His glory. We’re all bad Christians, but we live with a Crimson stain on our hearts, and that’s something to be joyful about!
God Bless, and thanks for reading!