So tonight we met in front of the mirror. We smiled at each other and went about our business as usual in the bathroom until you noticed my Jesus Tee. (Because if you know me I have a collection of Jesus T-Shirts which are often in my dress rotation.) I noticed the look of someone who has been harshly judged by Christians and it is not unfamiliar to me. I stood there and thought about what to say. Because this is not how I want you looking at the phrase "Jesus Saves, Bro". I want you smiling when you see and hear that phrase but tonight you looked as if someone was throwing a rock at you. So, I being me, start a conversation about my Jesus tee.
I learned a lot about you in the short time we talked. And here is what I came home thinking...
I hope that I conducted myself in a manner worthy of the Gospel of Christ (Phil 1:27). I hope that I did not make you feel judged more harshly than myself. You see we were both sinners looking at each
other in that mirror. There wasn't one more perfect than the other. I hope I reflected my God in a way that He deserves to be reflected. So many Christians are against you and calling you out for your "obvious" sin but yet are sinning themselves because they think they have the right to do so. But the fact is they want to tell you to get rid of your sin before you know the one who can take your sin away. They don't want you coming as you are because they don't understand... to be honest, I don't understand. But I am willing to listen to try and understand your struggle. Christ so wants you to bring your struggle to Him. He took the cross for you saying, "Father, forgive them; for they do not know what they are doing" (Luke 23:34). I am sorry many of us, Christians, have lost the "Father, forgive them" attitude and go straight to condemning.
I hope I never forget that Jesus did not ask me to clean up my act before falling to His feet. He loved this girl right where she was at and that love made me chase Him. It was also then that He addressed my sin. Which He will do on His own with you. He does not need me addressing it. I believe the Holy Spirit will do the correction. He did and does in me daily. But tonight here is what the Holy Spirit whispered to my heart with you... "Run Bobbi". So, without explaining that it could seem the Holy Spirit is telling me to runaway from you but that is not the truth. I know He is referring to Acts 8, where Philip was running along side a chariot giving the Good News to the Ethiopian eunuch. He was telling me to run the distance with you not against you or away from you. But to go out of my way and out of my comfort zone to share the Good News with you because it is GOOD news! Jesus Christ loves you, died for you and rose for you.
Tonight, did not end for me like it did for Philip. I didn't get to Baptize you right then and there. I would have if you asked. But I pray that I did everything I could to make you realize He loves you. I hope that my actions and words matched His amazing grace. I hope you can now use the bathroom along side a girl in a Jesus tee without looking as if a stone was cast.
I pray that you accept and know in your heart that He is everything and more that I said tonight.
-The Jesus Tee Girl