Has someone you loved or trusted ever stabbed you in the back? This universal life experience is one that can leave you reeling and crying for mercy. But when those who claim to follow the lover of our souls— Jesus, do it. It adds an extra heaping of salt to the festering wound.
Did you know that approximately half of those who profess to be Christian are Christian in name only? Therefore, it should come as no surprise to anyone that their behavior doesn’t differ significantly from that of agnostics or atheists. In fact, the American public at large considers lawyers, real estate agents and entertainers more trustworthy than your average Christian. Add to that the number of Christians who prostitute the doctrine of grace and forgiveness, and you have a relational tsunami.
Erroneously believing that asking for forgiveness guarantees the resumption of relationship, the stabbers are totally shocked when this doesn’t happened. Yes, I am to forgive— to wish you no harm— to even pray for you. But unless the Holy Spirit instructs me to resume our relationship, it’s not going to happen. Being someone’s doormat is not loving someone. It’s being stupid!
Perhaps if us Christians truly did love—value others, there would be less backstabbing and more loving, authentic, transparent relationships with our fellow man, and Christianity would no longer be known as the religion of hypocrites.
Just a thought.