Let’s be honest: The biggest obstacle between God and people trying to find him has often been Christians.
It’s unfortunate, but it’s rare that a drunkard, drug addict, or prostitute would think of going to church because he or she just needed to feel loved and accepted.These people may turn to bars, fellow addicts, drug dealers, or pimps to find refuge and acceptance, but they would not think of going to a church.
Perhaps it’s because many Christians are better known for what they are against than what they are for.
Our message this weekend reminds us that the distinctive mark of the reign of God in a person’s life is how they love and do good to people they agree with and disagree with, to people who treat them well and to those who mistreat them.Hatred does not win the day. Liking someone is not the answer. Love makes the difference.