One of the biggest problems of the modern church is we look at someone’s outer appearance and gauge that person on what we see rather than who they truly are. We are to be Christ-like which means we are to accept people as they are rather than the way we expect them to be. Two-thousand years have passed since Christ’s crucifixion and His resurrection but we are still guilty of the same tricks.
When Christ walked the Earth, He ran into opposition from Christians who did not want Him to engage with others they felt did not fit the Christian mold. Many people did not like the idea of Christ walking with tax collectors or eating with them but as Christ said, “For the Son of man is come to save that which was lost” (Matthew 18:11). This includes all people rather than a certain portion that are considered to be outcasts or black sheep.
As we study scripture, we see that we find the lost rather early in the Garden of Eden. This is the beginning of human history and time, space, and matter as we know it and while the calendar may change and the innovations and creativity of man do, as well, the human curiosity and rebellion remain the same and there is no better example than Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden. They were given specific instructions of what not to do but did it anyway (Genesis 3:17).
Here, we see the representation of Heaven on Earth gone. Because of their disobedience, or sin, we see the fall of man at play and since this moment in history, man has been doomed to the same fate. However, Christ came to this Earth to save those which were lost and to reclaim what is His (His creation). We cannot forget about this moment in time, the fall of man, because this is when sin entered into the world and how we know that God came to save each of us rather than just those of a particular look: “This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am chief” (1 Timothy 1:15).
As Christians, we need to be more Christ-like and accept all people regardless of what they look like or even what they think of us. Christ loved all even those that were deemed as different. He walked with the sick and destitute, the poor and the rich, those thought to be wicked whether man or woman and on and on. Christ teaches us that it’s not the outward appearance that matters but rather, the heart: “Do ye look on things after the outward appearance? If any man trust to himself that he is Christ’s, let him of himself think this again, that, as he is Christ’s, even so are we Christ’s” (2 Corinthians 10:7). In other words, if we have Christ then we are His own and He lives within us regardless of what we look like.