As Christians, we are called to be like Christ. He is our master, our role model and our Lord. But too often, Christians let themselves down by acting poorly and treating people badly. It is time for that to change! In a candid article at The Good Men Project, Steve Austin highlights three ways Christians can be solid believers without being jerks.
1. Stop labelling people.
"Jesus was far more concerned with love than judgment. Plenty of people live sterilized religious lives and can quote the Bible cover-to-cover, but don’t give a damn about their neighbor," writes Steve. "Once we stop arguing our dogmas long enough to see the person behind the labels, all the cultural norms, and political or theological debates don’t matter."
2. Actually listen to people
"Can you slow down long enough to allow respect for the humanity of another person? Can you choose decency over pride and ego? Can you choose silence long enough to make eye contact, remembering that at the end of the day, none of us
3. Love the person in front of you.
"Love compels me to go to the outskirts of society and welcome everyone. Love expects me to act with kindness toward those who don’t think, act, vote, talk, dress, worship, or look like me. Love reminds me that a lack of compassion is in direct opposition to the message of Jesus. Love demands that I put aside childish pride, to serve everyone"
Read the full article here.