"In the same way let your light shine before others that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven."
When you think of church, do you think of being beaten up and cussed out?
As a result, I wanted nothing to do with it. If Christians were in the church and THIS was what the church was turning out, then I wanted nothing to do with church or Christianity.
I avoided going whenever I could.
I did not know that those church bullies were just UPC's (Ugly Poster Children) for Christianity. How was I, as a lost person, to know all Christians were not like that?
Just to think that their ugly behavior could have caused me to miss Heaven is a sobering thought.
O don't think that's being melodramatic. How is anyone to know Christ is real if no one loves and lives like He is?
Because of verbal and physical abuse from the UPC's at two churches, I had to be bribed by free ice cream to give church another try. When I got there, the people were kind, friendly, and accepting. They made me want to return. I became a Christian, and the whole course of my life changed. Their actions had an impact on my hearing and believing Christ's love was more than just religious talk.
Maybe you haven't thrown any punches or cussed anyone at church. Do you welcome strangers who come to your church, or do you assume it is somebody else's responsibility?
Do you do the minimal "hello and a handshake" or do you engage them the way you would a guest in your home?
Ladies, the Ugly Poster Children are running people away from the church and Christianity. Please let's determine to be part of the solution, not the problem.
Let's let our light shine and decrease the UPC population.
Talk About It: What ways can you let your light shine toward visitors at your church?
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