I've been hearing people say things like, "you can't be a Christian if you vote pro-choice." or "you can't be a Christian if you think transgenderism is ok." or "you can't be a Christian if you vote for xyz." Hmmm... I just want to interject a little story that might invite people to re-think that.
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There was a big company in America who advertised a job opening. They advertised for 4 weeks and set up an "Interview Day" for the next month. On that day (the "Interview Day" they had 50 qualified applicants show up in suits and ties, with nicely presented resumes. But after all 50 applicants had been interviewed, a man rushed in the door at the last second and asked politely for an interview. He was disheveled and unkempt. His hair was a mess and he looked like he had slept a week in his clothes. His resume (if you could call it that) was hand-written on a dingy sheet of paper, with water stains and wear-marks on the edges.
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The men who were holding the interview were disgusted! They didn't want to waste their time with someone who couldn't even show up on time or dress appropriately. But for whatever reason, they agreed to interview him.
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Much to their astonishment, they discovered this man was a world-renowned scientist who had traveled across the ocean in the engine room of a huge ocean-liner because he didn't have the money for a regular ticket. He came from a Communist country so he had no money, no nice clothing, and he hadn't eaten for 6 days. The level of commitment and sacrifice and dedication and hardship he had endured just blew the interviewers away.
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Yes he was disheveled.
Yes he was a mess.
Yes he arrived late and his "resume" was a disaster.
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But the interviewers learned a valuable lesson that day.
Don't judge a man by where he is until you know how far he's come.
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Remember beloveds, we are all on our own journey with our sweet Lord. We come from so many diverse backgrounds. Some of us have much more to learn and much more to overcome, yet we are no less Saved for we have placed the whole of our faith in Christ and His finished work on our behalf.
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I may need much more refining than you do, dear one. Yet when I have placed the whole of my faith, hope and trust in Jesus the Christ, am I any less Saved than the more "perfected" you? ❤
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Our Lord said this most wonderful thing. He said (paraphrased) no matter how many wonderful things you do (even if you give everything you own to help others... even if you give your own body to be burned as a martyr for Christ...) if you have not love, then you ARE NOTHING. In fact, you're just an irritating noise in the ears of God. (1 Corinthians 13)
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Look, it's not wrong to take a firm stand for Kingdom Truths but that doesn't mean we play Judge and Jury over people! God loves them, and many of these people are babies in the Lord. Many of them had a whole lot farther to come in their understanding, so let Father grow them, yes? Sometimes we need to stop criticizing Christians for where they ARE, and instead give God glory for how far they've come. ❤

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