We have all experienced Glass House Christianity at some point in our lives. What makes this term so tragic is that most of the time people who do not believe in Christianity have first hand experienced a Glass House Christian.
Examples resulting in Glass House Christianity:
• Gossiping – Talking about a person when they are not around.
• A do as I say, not as I do Christian aka hypocrite.
• Judging – Condemning someone for their past and present decisions, what they wear, etc.
• Pushy Christians – Pushing their belief on to you and ignoring the free will God gave.
• Christians without compassion.
When they kept on questioning him, he straightened up and said to them, “Let any one of you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her.”
The effects of this form of Christianity is detrimental to nonbelievers and new Christians because it corrupts the reputation of Jesus. When we classify ourselves as a Christian and do not act as Jesus would have us, we show the world who Jesus really isn’t. We show the world He is a liar, a thief, a gossip, a slanderer, and as someone who lacks compassion and condemns.
You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother’s eye.
But we should know better, we know who Jesus is because we have heard the good news. We have experienced His redeeming grace and have accepted Him into our lives as our savior. Somewhere along the way we have lost sight of Him, we have allowed our rules and regulations to take over and decide who is right or wrong and how we will treat them. After all, Jesus did associate with prostitutes, tax collectors, and sinners.
Mark 2:17 On hearing this, Jesus said to them, “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners.”
Jesus himself said “sinners are called” and we should be like Christ in their midst loving them regardless of our differences. We are all human and sinners in need of the same blood to redeem us. We all struggle in this life and the last thing we need is to be torn down.
Steps to shattering your glass house:
• Pray and ask for forgiveness
• Read and spend time IN your Bible – this is how you will learn God’s heart. IN: To be enclosed, engrossed and wrapped up deep in God’s living and breathing word.
• Stop doing what you have been convicted of and start acting out of love toward ALL people. We all fall short but we have to get back up, try again and do better.
• Continue to pray and talk with Jesus
• Offer grace as you have been offered and forgiven of your sins.
1 John 4:20
If anyone says, “I love God,” and hates his brother, he is a liar; for he who does not love his brother whom he has seen cannot love God whom he has not seen.
Disclaimer: I am far from perfect and struggle with the flesh and sins as much as any Christian does. I write this out of pure conviction and the need to share with others. As I know I have not shown the love of Christ to other people and have turned people away from knowing the joy of having a relationship with Jesus Christ. Father, forgive me and for each person out there that I have turned away, I pray that somewhere along their path they made their way back to you.
I welcome your feedback and comments. Let me know if I can pray or love on you.