We Don’t Need to Be Jerks

What is it about us that we’re really good at kicking people when they’re already down and out and hurt?

Instead of administering grace, we rub salt on the wound and just rub the hell out of it. Or rather, rub hell in to it.

I understand that this is a gross stereotype and that many of us are really good at helping rather than hurting those who are hurting and in need.


John Wesley’s first general rule is “Do no harm.”

It’s a good rule to follow.

A good follow up to that is, “Don’t be a jerk.”

No matter how right you believe you are (or actually are), it doesn’t call us to be sensitive and a jerk.


This tweet from an LA Street Preacher went viral(ish):


I can’t seem to embed on this app so:

@TonyMiano: .@CNN Praying 4 the lost souls in Nepal. Praying not a single destroyed pagan temple will b rebuilt & the people will repent/receive Christ.

And it was just unnecessary and uncalled for — at least in my humble opinion.

I’m sure there are millions who agree with him. But overall, this does more harm than healing.

Grace and love should always trump theology and ideology.

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