Wow I didn't realize that I had a soap box subject, but this morning I read the post from yesterday and I guess that is mine. The way people treat each other is a very big deal to me, now more than ever. I was thinking..... Wouldn't it be true that when someone is treated badly in church or by church members outside the walls of the church it can have eternal consequences. If you hurt someone and drive them away from the church family, especially before they come to know Jesus as their savior, you may be personally responsible for them spending eternity in Hell. That may sound harsh and may be completely wrong, but from this brand new baby in Christ it is what makes sense to me. One example that is running through my mind is the Sunday afternoon phone call to spread a little juicy gossip that is always started with "I am not supposed to tell anyone this, but" or "Guess what I just heard" or "Now don't repeat this, but" Why is that such a appealing thing for humans to do? I am just as guilty as the next person, but now my conscience is awake and very aware that what I was doing was wrong. I have been on the giving and receiving end of those phone calls and many times the subject. Do you really think that stuff does not get right back to the person you are talking about, especially in a small town, or small congregation. I don't want to participate in tearing people apart ever again. I will pray that the hearts of others will be pricked and their conscience awakened as mine has been and maybe we can all just love each other the way God loves us.
What do you think?