It’s the holiday season (rather, the close of the holiday season). I’ve seen some incredibly ugly behavior come out of a person (well, more than one, but this situation really should be addressed) that should know better. No one is perfect. No one is really expected to be perfect. However, if you proclaim to be a godly woman who loves Jesus, that is the essence that should radiate from you. Because serving Christ (serving any Deity) is a daily decision and every choice you make should be thought out in consideration with how you want people to view Jesus (or God or Allah or insert Deity here. I, myself, am partial to Brigid and to Ma’at, but I’ll save my reasoning that a Goddess should be included for another post for my other blog).
I spent my entire life within a church setting. My parents were Southern Baptist. My Aunt was and is a devoted member to the Assembly of God (my preferred Christian denomination). I spent my young adult life up until my mid-30s in the UPC. I’ve taught Sunday School at every level. I’ve cleaned the church. I’ve been involved in various ministries. I’ve even gone out witnessing (I even completed School of Biblical Evangelism). So, I know me some Bible.
There are so many churches so busy preaching about hell and damnation that the idea of using ideals and values as a guiding life principle for individuals has been lost. You know, sort of the whole “take the beam out of your own eye before you worry about the speck in someone else’s eye…”
While I am not what most would consider “old,” (39 at the time I wrote this), I was a young wife and mother involved in the church. I’ve seen a lot. Most importantly, I’ve read, prayed, meditated, and applied Biblical (and Buddhist) principles in my own life for a very long time. So, I’m always shocked when someone who exclaims they are godly (hellooooo pharisees) act a fool in public. Because…the Bible is very clear that the world will know a good person (or a godly person) by their fruit. And being an asshole for no good reason is not good fruit.
It always surprises me when women old enough to be my mother and who claim to be good Christian women clearly don’t apply the Word of their own religion to their lives. Case in point, a Christmas get together at my husband’s aunt’s home. There is absolutely zero reason to accuse little children of having an ulterior motive for not greeting someone they rarely see.
So, I’d like to take a minute and remind all the women out there reading this (who say they are followers of Jesus) about what Titus 2 says about the behavior of women (Amplified Bible because it’s my favorite):
Titus 2:1 – But as for you, teach the things which are in agreement with sound doctrine [which produces men and women of good character whose lifestyle identifies them as true Christians].
Verse two talks about the menfolk. So, I’m skipping that and showing you verses 3 – 5. The parts I applied the bold font to are of particular importance, ladies.
Titus 2:3 – Older women similarly are to be reverent in their behavior, not malicious gossips nor addicted to much wine, teaching what is right and good
Titus 2:4 – so that they may encourage the young women to tenderly love their husbands and their children
Titus 2:5 – to be sensible, pure, makers of a home [where God is honored], good-natured, being subject to their own husbands, so that the word of God will not be dishonored.
So, if you really want to show someone the love of Christ, act Christlike. Don’t act like a rabid honey-badger on meth at a family function. ¯\_(シ)_/¯
I am an ordained minister who teaches love and acceptance and I approve of this message!