There are so many facets to Christianity.
“Judge not lest you be judged”, “By their works you shall know them”, “The same measurement with which you judge will be measured to you”, etc. (Young [me] paraphrase)
You know the verses. I remember growing up and hearing from my parents, “Don’t do that.” I would respond, “But it’s not wrong!?” And my parents would wisely reply, “We know. But to others, it might look wrong.” As I grew older, I began to understand the difference.
Today, and most days, I am confronted with statuses and pictures and memes that my ‘friends’ and friends post on facebook. Some are Christians, others aren’t. But sometimes I see the lines blurred: A Christian swears, complains, gossips. And all I have to understand about the circumstance and themselves is the context of social media.
A girl says of her apartment, “We’re very comfortable here.” I assume she is living with her boyfriend. I find myself cringing. As a Christian who loves another Christian, I want to “rejoice with the truth and not delight in evil”. Of course, my assumption may be incorrect. But, well–that’s what an assumption is: an opinion based on the limited facts I have in my hands.
So I tell myself everyday as I work, as I drive, as I interact with the cashier, the bank teller, a coworker–am I avoiding every appearance of evil? Because regardless of whether I am or not, people see.
Now, this is where I could go insane: people-pleasing, people-fearing, not trusting that God ‘s Spirit is still letting Himself be known in me and through me. That’s a fact. But I have a job to do. A duty.