Most people think Christians are brainwashed. But I happen to believe, most Christians aren't brainwashed enough. I know I'm not. I need to send my brain through a good power wash on a daily basis after some of the filth I allow up there.
Now, here's the part where you think I'm going to talk about ‘Don't watch this,' and ‘Don't do listen to that,'…..'Stop living that way,' and ‘You're bad because….'. NOT AT ALL. You only do what you think, so the battle isn't in the doing. It's in the thinking. I believe the main problem with a lot of Jesus followers is simply this: we don't believe we're loved unconditionally.
And when you don't believe you're unconditionally loved, you act like it.
You strive to earn affection, slaving away in duty to a God you're supposed to serve and obey, but don't have relationship with as your Father.
You hide your secrets and your past, believing that if you're truly seen as you are, you won't be accepted by Him or by others.
You try to be perfect, working overtime to change your behaviors instead of allowing His love to change you from the inside-out.
You judge others because you live in judgment of yourself.
You hate your neighbor because you really hate yourself.
Let's just say, for a Christian to believe they're not worthy of love is just about the worst thing possible. We're supposed to be the ones loving the world. Unconditionally.
Because we've been loved. Unconditionally.
It's hard to do that when you refuse to receive that love yourself.
I allow myself to be brainwashed by the love of God moment by moment. In fact, it's the one thing that's changed my life more than anything else. I let the washing of the truth into the corridors of my mind, heart, past, and pain. I fight to receive love, even in the moments where I believe I'm unlovable. And when I receive love, I sure do have a lot of love to give. (:
Romans 8:38-39: “For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
(And for those of you who aren't Christians who have been hurt by us, rejected by us, judged by us….from the bottom of my heart….I am so sorry. Please don't let that be a reflection of the God who is lovesick over you, fighting for you, believing in you, and always, always, always loving you.)
Stop and receive that love now. Allow your brain to be washed in the depth of this truth—you can't earn His love, you can't deserve His love, you can't perform for His love….you must simply receive it.