Show them the way – Don’t make them Outcasts
By Janice S Ramkissoon |
Lying, Steeling, Adultery, Fornication, Homosexuality, Racism, Child Abuse, Worshipping of idols. These are all subjects we are afraid to speak about. Some, more so than others. Some are even considered acceptable while others are just inconceivable. We’ll even go as far as saying things like ‘they should burn in hell’. But what gives us such right to make any of God’s children outcasts?
It is wrong and we know that because we have experienced the love of the Creator and has a spirit of conviction – knowing right from wrong. But should we wipe our hands of the matter where others are concerned? Are we not saved so we can tell others of our experience and help them to understand and come to experience the love of our Creator?
We will turn our backs to a ‘little’ lie or we ourselves will tell a lie if we believe we won’t be caught out but the moment a young girl actively involved in the church becomes pregnant, outside of wedlock, she’s immediately shun and driven away with the cold looks from those she considered her network of support prior to making such mistakes.
The sweet little boy in Sunday school grew up to be a respected business man who made a fraudulent mistake and is paying the price in jail. You don’t bother to visit him and show him love; helping him to get back on the right path.
The child abuser should be ‘locked up behind bars and never see the light of day again’; the homosexual should ‘burn in hell’. The victim should leave the adulterous partner because “he’s not worth it” or “she’ll only break your heart again” or “he can’t be trusted, it’s pointless giving him another chance for he’ll make the same mistake again”.
How hypocritical. Were we not once the lost ones? How can they be saved if we don’t reach out to them?
We are all sinners and have fallen short of His glory. So why do we, as Christians, so often condemn the very ones who are in need of our love and guidance? We pass remarks, we judge based on up-bringing or cultural background, always pointing the finger and never taking the blame. Can we then blame those who look at us from the outside when they call us ‘hypocrites’? – I think not! Because that is the category in which we place ourselves when we forget that the gospel is not for a select few but for all.
Too often we treat the building in which we worship as a club where only members are allowed, closing our doors on the people who are most needy, spiritually. The arms of those modern day establishments and extremists become more attractive and often the only open door for those seeking to explore spirituality. They attract our young ones, those who regularly attended prior to making a mistake which resulted on us turning our backs on them at the time they needed us most.
How can we say that we are servants of the Lord, doing His work, when we have no time for those we should be serving? Maintaining a building and its financial up-keep becomes more important than the saving of souls. The giving of time is often one of the more important Christian duties, yet we are so busy with everything but the business of Him who we claim to serve. STOP!!!!!!!!!
It is time to realise that we contribute to the depressive state of society, more often than we would care to be credited for and hence, hindering those who are more vulnerable to stray.
Love is without condition. Loving someone should not be dependent on the way that person looks, the way he/she dresses, or their condition of health. Love is not dependent on the choices they make in life.
Start to reach out to those who need love the most. Love is the only way that you can reach out to them. Love is the language that crosses all cultural barriers. Speak with the voice of love – not the voice of self-righteousness.
Allow the Creator to speak through you and reach out to those needy souls. There is a way that can only be shown by example. Make your life a living example.
The outcasts of society are our responsibility – they look to us often as the last result. So remember them, care for them, reach out to them and make them feel that they belong. It is our Christian duty to give love unconditionally – that’s the only love our Master taught us.
Copyright © J.S. Ramkissoon 2006
Janice, a freelance writer, lives in the UK and enjoys spending time with her husband, Vince and their son, Javin. She uses her gift to encourage others towards a deeper relationship with God, through her inspirational pieces while her travel articles provide general advice for the holiday-maker.