I’m amazed by how unwelcoming and unchristian like many people can be in this world. It’s shocking to me to witness the amount of what my Pastor calls, “Christianity Immaturity” in the heart of the bible belt.
I saw hypocrisy, lack of brotherly affection and schemes being planned behind closed doors in southeast Tennessee against the brethren. Lack of love, unkind behavior, arrogance and much pride seems to be an epidemic among too many “Christians” in this part of the south.
Inhospitable people, I say. At least, I saw this towards people of hispanic descent in southeast Tennessee. What I’ve witnessed there was literally unbelievable. I don’t think you would believe if I told you everything, actually.
My wife felt and passed out in a church and nobody helped her! I was called derogatory names and experienced many other micro aggressions that I wouldn’t do to my worse enemy.
Tennessee isn’t a welcoming state for many of us, that’s for sure… unfortunately. The region seems too unloving towards outsiders. I was expecting my experience in the state of Tennessee to be a bit more Christian.
I was expecting less wrong and more kindness in the heart of the Bible Belt because…
In Romans 12:10 we read, “Love does no wrong to a neighbor; therefore love is the fulfilling of the law.” In Hebrews 13:2, we are reminded to, “Not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for thereby some have entertained angels unawares.” Ephesians 4:32 reads, “Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.” “Greet one another with a holy kiss. All the churches of Christ greet you,” Romans 16:16…
Quite frankly, I felt people wanted to hit me with a baseball bat and see me suffering while I lived there. I’m strong and know how to deal with such rough circumstances. A former colleague of mine received similar treatments and got pretty depressed, poor fellow. He seems to be happy in Florida right now, where he belongs.
He used to come to my office crying in disbelief about how he was treated. Sadly, he wasn’t the only one, I must add. Thankfully, there is hope against much adversity when we have the Lord on our side. In James 1:12, it is written, “Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial, for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life, which God has promised to those who love him.”
Christlike behavior isn’t demeaning. Christlike behavior isn’t unkind. Christlike behavior isn’t self-centered. Christlike behavior isn’t ambitious to the point of isolating a Christian brother or sister for self gain. Christlike behavior is based on the actions of Jesus Christ and how he treated others above himself. If you claim to be a Christian, treat people with respect and don’t be mean to others.
It is a sin to be so unwelcoming, condescending and plain mean with outsiders. A true Christian attempts to understand others and help them in times of trouble. Isolating them and ignoring their issues isn’t an act that comes from God.
It’s devilish and comes from the enemy.
It is written, “But if you show partiality, you are committing sin and are convicted by the law as transgressors.” The former advice is found in James 2:9. Choose to be kind and caring with others. This is how a follower of Jesus Christ is supposed to behave.
Cleveland, TN and it’s educational systems aren’t a lie but a big disappointment, from my experience. I was expecting a bit more from them. It’s plain sad, I must say.
I wanna be there for 30 years. Oh well… Life goes on. We are out for good. No looking back.