Do you ever notice that people who love God have this certain "sparkle" about them, this secret joy that positively radiates?
You may have noticed that. I notice it all of the time.
But you have probably also noticed that there are people who say they follow God that are ugly people who do ugly things. They go to church, but they are hard people, angry at the world.
What can we make of that?
Well, I think Sheldon Vanauken (author of A Severe Mercy, a wonderful book for doubters and skeptics) put it best:
"The best argument for Christianity is Christians: their joy, their certainty, their completeness. But the strongest argument against Christianity is also Christians--when they are sombre and joyless, when they are self-righteous and smug in complacent consecration, when they are narrow and repressive, then Christianity dies a thousand deaths. But, though it is just to condemn some Christians for these things, perhaps, after all, it is not just, though very easy, to condemn Christianity itself for them."
So, let's see. The church isn't perfect. We aren't perfect. And a lot of people say they follow God, but they really don't. In fact, people can be downright mean - in the church or out of it.
But God still is love just the same. He is unchanging - eternal. He welcomes us. He adores us. He believes in us.
C.S. Lewis once wrote that, "The hardness of God is kinder than the softness of men." So think of the nicest, most compassionate, most genuinely wonderful person you know. Yeah, him/her. God is WAY more loving than that.
That's pretty awesome, if you ask me.
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