The other day I was thinking (as I often do): one of the most common views of God is that he is looking over our shoulders, just watching for us to do something he doesn’t like, and when we do, he gets all mad and upset at us. I wondered why it is that this view is so common, and then I realized: maybe it’s because so many Christians are this way—or at least the most outspoken ones. Maybe God is seen as unloving, unaccepting, unforgiving, and judgmental because many Christians are seen as unloving, unaccepting, unforgiving, and judgmental.
“If you see some brother or sister in need and have the means to do something about it but turn a cold shoulder and do nothing, what happens to God’s love? It disappears. And you made it disappear.” (1 John 3:16-17, The Message).