Are You Nice

Have you noticed how people treat each other? It’s terrible isn’t it?
Why is everyone so mean all the time?
What happened to showing kindness to a stranger, instead of showing them contempt simply because we don’t know them?
Nowadays it seems if you don’t know a person it gives you the right to be rude to them, because…. well… they don’t know you…. you’ll probably never see them again anyway… so who cares.

I know everyone has a bad day now and again, but bad days are always gonna be there. Why make your bad day someone else’s bad day?
Just cause you got cut off on the highway doesn’t give you the right to do it to the next guy.
Two wrongs don’t make a right, remember?
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I know it’s hard, especially when it comes to the people who choose ignorance over kindness. Example, in the movie theatre yesterday with my kids watching “Minions” (pretty good movie, by the way) and I try really hard to keep my boys quiet so as not to disturb the other people, I’m not always successful, but I’m trying. I seen at least five different people take out theirs phones and send a text or check who’s calling, or the one that irritated me….. Facebook! Not just glanced at a comment, no, this guy scrolled through the entire news feed, read a bunch of stuff, even clicked on links.
Everyone sees the message on screen before the movie begins, you know the one. So why do some people feel the need to distract everyone else around them by shining the bright light of their phone on them? Just so they can see how many times people “liked” their last post?
My first impulse was to throw my bag of popcorn at these people, of course I’m not going to do that but I can feel the anger in the pit of my stomach boiling up… and then my 3 year old says something to me, quite loudly and all the feelings I have against Mr Facebook go away and I shush my boy.
Why? Because I want to teach him to be considerate of others and not be disruptive. Maybe nobody ever taught Mr Facebook how great a trait that can be, consideration.

Anyway, the original thought that started this rant was… why do we Christians treat non Christians like garbage? I met someone the other day, that is… shall we say… a bit fabulous.
He was really nice, pretty funny and actually very easy going, he didn’t hide his orientation at all and according to my beliefs this way of life is sinful but does that give me the right to treat him with anything less than respectful kindness? No.

When Jesus encountered a sinner did He condemn them right then and there? Nope.
He confronted the sin, loved the person and sent them off with instructions to sin no more. Now, that doesn’t mean they’ll never sin again, it means they repent of the sin and stop living day to day with it.

Yet, for some reason us western Christians treat outsiders like there is no hope for them, what they’ve done or are doing is far beyond the reach of Jesus and we won’t even bother with them, they’re going to Hell anyway.
That is not how Jesus handled sinners.

I read the stories online about homosexuals throwing feces at Christians and vice versa and I think, what does either group think they’re accomplishing by throwing feces? Really?
Both groups claim to be tolerant of each other and yet they throw feces, actual feces? I don’t get it.

So the big question, are you nice? Not just on Sunday morning or to your freinds and family, but nice to people that may or not already know Jesus? I know it’s not easy, but if we actually expect someone to come to church with us then we need to be the hands and feet of Jesus, and stop holding Him back.
For the non Christians, are you nice? You are constantly saying you don’t need the threat of Hell to be nice, than be nice. You may not know this but many of you aren’t.
Just like Christians, the biggest thing working against us…. is us. We aren’t nice to people, we judge and condemn but if you went to Heaven tomorrow and met Jesus, would He say “well done my good and faithful servant” or “depart from me, I never knew you”???

If progress is defined as getting closer to where we want to be, and where we want to be is a place where everyone is happy and kind and treat each other with respect. Well, we have a whole lot of people, not just Christians, and not just un believers who aren’t being very progressive, including myself.

I’ve heard people say that nice guys finish last, well I aim to prove that statement wrong, by being nice to people even when I don’t want to be, even when people are rude and especially when they don’t know Jesus.
Join me in a crusade of niceness and we will change the world.

Thanks for sharing.

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One thought on “Are You Nice

  1. Crusade on. I love trying to be nice to everyone. Not always easy and some people make me feel as if they don’t deserve it but I was raised well and I think of my dad often when I’m challenged and do it for him and what he taught me.

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