Encourage One Another- After Taking the Log Out

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By: Susan Bea Good

Winter Jam is starting its 2016 tour very soon. It’s a terrific sampling of  contemporary Christian music bands. Their local Facebook page offers a space for fans to interact. I looked in this week and found a post from a young man who lives in my area and attends a Baptist Church.

Jonathan ***** Anyone LGBTQ going? I’m bisexual so I would love to meet other Christians there who are part of the LGBTQ Christian movement!!! Let’s form a group!

So, unable to resist the pressing of my caring heart, I reached out to Jonathan.

Sue ***** Jonathan, if you are a genuine Christ-follower you must stop excusing your habitual sin. God promises to give you all that you need to overcome all temptation (I Corinthians 10:13)

Immediately the “religious police” came to the rescue to “save” Jonathan from the effects of my advice.

Kim ***** Do not preach, do not judge!

Cade ***** This lady is a radical right winger!

Christine ***** Ignore that horrible woman Jonathan!!! Ugh she’s what gives Christians a bad name!

I made a friend request of Jonathan on his personal FB page. After a few days I responded to the original posting on the Winter Jam FB page.

Sue**** Jonathan, I am lovingly attempting to help you to remove the “speck” out of your eye (I have already removed the “log” from my own eye). I desire only to follow our Lord’s instructions to encourage one another and help a brother. “Judge not, that you be not judged. For with the judgment you pronounce you will be judged, and with the measure you use it will be measured to you. Why do you see the speck that is in your brother’s eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye? Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when there is the log in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother’s eye.” (Jesus’ instructions recorded in Matthew 7)-Lovingly offered from a “judgmental, preachy, radical right wing, horrible woman who gives Christians a bad name!”

So, let that be a lesson to me, and to you. If we dare to help a brother in trouble, we may be called names. However, the personal insults should not stop us from offering loving and truthful warnings to those whom we see walking a dangerous path.

P.S. Jennavieve**** added a comment for Jonathan- Hey man. I’m part of the LGBTQ movement and an avid Christian. Please do as God has taught us all to do and forgive those who are talking down to us. You are just as valid and loved as any other person, and try not to let the hate of close-minded people bring you down…

To which replied- Thank you Jennavieve for clarifying that we are indeed in the last days before Jesus Christ returns for His bride. Instead of partying in our favorite sins the truly “avid” Christian is supposed to be watching and preparing to meet Jesus.

“Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing.” (I Thessalonians 5:11/ESV)

This blogger’s purpose is to encourage Christ-followers to see God’s Big Picture and be a part of it. Adonai Eloheinu!

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