I have a friend who works at a department store and I get a kick out of his stories about working in the world of customer service. Stupid people, rude people, angry people and from his horror stories about the women’s bathroom – disgusting people.
In other words, people can be jerks.
And guess what? So can Christians.
Becoming a Christian doesn’t mean we’ve boarded the Good Ship Lollipop and niceness oozes from our pores.
Being kind to others and passing on a smile is definitely a worthy goal. I can’t begin to understand what kind of person smears crap all over a public bathroom, but apparently it happens – more often than you think.
What the heck is up with that?
Big Word of the Day: Sanctification
Christians suffer from the same plight as everyone else. Sin and the struggle we all have with it. Not just the big sins, but also the annoying little ones that make people jerks.
Sanctification is a million dollar, fancy Christian word, but an important one. Sanctification is a transformation process that is guided by the Holy Spirit once one accepts Christ.
We all come to Christ with different struggles and past experiences, so sanctification is unique to each person. It is ongoing and doesn’t end until we leave this world.
For some, change is dramatic and quick, for others, it is slow and quiet. We may see changes in some areas of our lives, while in other areas we don’t.
To be clear, sanctification is not about becoming perfect. That, my friends, just ain’t happenin’ in this fallen world.
So that’s why Christians can be jerks.
Just for the record I would never leave a disgusting mess in a public bathroom. I’m not that big of a jerk.
Yolanda DeLoach (@YolandaDeLoach) is a member of Wesley UMC and through her writing, tries to remind herself to keep life light.