Oh Look! I’m Back!
I tend to be very bad about remembering sites I am a part of. I’m horrible, I know.
Aaaaaanydoodle… I was driving this afternoon and a song came on the radio I hadn’t heard in forever. “What Its Like” by Everlast. Oldtimers like me will remember it.
I was just listening to the lyrics, and I don’t think I fully grasped what it was about when I was a kid and the song came out. Its alot deeper and darker than I remembered. Actually, I’m surprised that pop radio ever actually embraced it. Its not a feel-good “i have a crush that gives me warm fuzzies!” kind of song. Its dark. Its vulgar. Its real. It makes a solid point.
He takes a few stories - one of a homeless beggar, one of a woman who gets pregnant by a loser and chooses abortion, and one of a drug dealer who gets killed and his family who deals with the aftermath. And pointed out how easy it is to judge people in those situations, or dismiss them out-of-hand. but how much harder it would be to take the time to actually sit with them and understand where they are and what they’re going through. To have compassion on them. To be understanding of them.
I think especially Christians tend to have a hard time with this message. I know I can be like that. I know people who tend to be like that. If they don’t live up to our standards, then they should be avoided like the plague because they deserve whatever hand life deals them. And its sad. We should understand better than anyone what grace is and how to be gracious and compassionate towards others because we have experienced both in the most ultimate form through the Cross.
I can’t condone abortion or drug dealing. There’s no justification for either in my opinion. But I can love the people who choose both. I will never support either, but I can show grace and understanding towards people who choose both. I will never advocate their right to do either, but I can speak the truth in real love to them and point them to Jesus. I can come along side of them, as much as they’ll let me, and be a real friend to them even if I disagree with their life decisions.
How else are people going to know the love of Christ unless we show that to them? They’ll never know Christ if His servants condemn them for being the sinners they are and refuse to get involved in their lives.
The world is filled with hurting people who desperately need to see the love of Christ in their lives. And people who love them enough to not only show them grace, love, and compassion, but to point them to Jesus.
yes. I just managed to create an entire preachy blog post based on a secular song that has absolutely nothing to do with Christianity.
And now I must post it.