Sunday, November 17, 2013

Christian Memory Loss Problem

Colossians 4:5-6 NIV
“5 Be wise in the way you act toward outsiders; make the most of every opportunity. 6 Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone.”

Recently, I discovered some ill symptoms among some Christians, and these symptoms seem to be sprouting from the same problem. The signs of these symptoms include communicating differences in a dominating and controlling posture, with a humiliation, degradation, discounting, negating, judging, criticizing, shaming, and disrespectful manner, while being accusing, blaming, and emotional distancing from people with different views. Based on my personal observation, I conclude that these symptoms may indicate serious Christian Memory Loss Problem – it appears that Christians suffer from this problem often forget that they are all saved by God’s grace, and not by their own awesomeness.

Moreover, this Christian Memory Loss Problem doesn’t seem to be a problem with their theological mind, but rather a problem with their heart. Christians suffer from this memory loss problem usually display difficulties in reflecting the grace that they have received from God, and difficulties in developing genuine love for people with different views, and they are usually short of patience and kindness.

Because God is holy, righteous and just, so we Christians like to think of this world as black and white – we like to believe that we the Christians are the white, and they the world are the black. Because we are born again, and we have kissed our old ways goodbye, so sometimes, we forget that Christians and the world alike, we both live in the gray. No one is absolutely white except God. What make Christians different is not that we are instantly made better persons, but that we know who we are, to whom we belong, and to which direction we are moving along.

Even being born again, daily we still rely on God’s grace to forgive us of our sinful thoughts and conducts. Just as God has been gracious, patient and kind to us, shouldn’t we show more grace, patience and kindness to the world? How could the world catch a glimpse of God’s love and grace through us if not even ourselves remember what they look like? We could reflect God’s grace only when we have remembered how much grace we have received from God daily. The world would learn who God really is only when we are reminded of the ways in which God has loved us.

During His earthly ministry, Christ testified God’s love by identifying Himself with us, and fellowshipping with sinners. He healed the sick and poor without terms and conditions. He drew people to God by showing them how beautiful, gracious and pure God’s love is. Those who Christ rebuked were the Pharisees, who held a high standard of the Law, despised the world, yet failed to reflect God’s grace to the world.

Twice in Acts, immediately after the radical conversions, the Holy Spirit testified God’s love through the fellowships of the believers. The believers showed their genuine love for each other by selling all their possessions, and gave to anyone in need. Yet the Holy Spirit struck Ananias and Sapphira, who acted not of genuine love, and what they did testified falsely for God.

We are Christians, we are saved by God’s love; we are God’s saints, but we still sin; we live our everyday life with and by God’s grace; we are the body of Christ, we are His hands and mouthpieces; we are the ambassadors of Christ, what we do and say represent Christ. When we forget to show people grace, and when we talk without respect, we are the Pharisees; when we act without genuine love, we are the Ananias and Sapphira; and when we fail to show the world what God’s love and grace look like, we are the false testimonies of God. God is not only holy, righteous and just – He is Love.

PS. Most symptoms listed in the first paragraph are signs of Emotional Abuse (http://psychcentral.com/blog/archives/2013/02/20/signs-of-emotional-abuse/). Now think again, by your way of sharing “the gospel,” you are representing a loving God or an abusive God?

PPS. A medicine for Christian Memory Loss Problem -

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