• You Are Not Worthless if You Are Not A Christian

This has been a hotly debated topic on Social Media. And I have so many issues with the belief that people are worthless if they aren’t Christians. I just don’t understand how people can’t see the psychological and spiritual abuse that they create by perpetuating this belief. This is not a way to “win people for Christ,” but a tactic used to torture, abuse, belittle, and spread a venomous “us vs. them” rhetoric. Would you tell a child they are worthless if they don’t love you and expect them to run into your open arms? Of course not.

The message that “You are worthless if you aren’t a Christian” could also mean “Anyone who isn’t a Christian is worthless” which can translate to “Anyone who isn’t a Christian LIKE ME is worthless” and quickly becomes “Anyone who isn’t like me is worthless.” Do you see what a dangerous, slippery slope belief that is? Do you see how spreading this message is not only irresponsible but incredibly dangerous? Do you see how hundreds upon thousands of people throughout the course of history have died because people believed this?

Think about it.

What happens when a large group of people believes that anyone that isn’t in their group is worthless. Sooner or later those “others” become less than human. Just take a long look through history and you can see what I’m talking about. People don’t love what is worthless.

The message of the Bible is all about love. Jesus died for love.

John 3:16  For God so loved the world,that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.

Romans 5:8 but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

Why would He have died to save us if we were worthless from the beginning? It just doesn’t make sense to me. God loved us BEFORE… He loved us as we were while we were sinners… but he loved us so much he wanted to give us something much greater than what we had and make us better than what we were.

Genesis 1:27 So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.
The long and short of it is that we were created in God’s image and God creates nothing that is worthless. I think if your goal is to spread the message of God by making people feel like shit… then what are you doing? Jesus spoke with love and commanded us to love. Spreading a message of worthlessness isn’t just irresponsible, it’s dangerous. People so often act without thinking, as long as the message they heard is coming from what they believe to be a reliable source. Think of the danger you are doing when you spread the message that anyone that isn’t like you is worthless. It’s a message of hate, not love. Be cautious with your words. You cannot lead someone to light through the darkness and you cannot lead someone to love through hatred.

10 thoughts on “You Are Not Worthless if You Are Not A Christian

  1. Chris

    If we refuse to acknowledge who God is (our maker) then the bible considers us as worthless. See Titus 1 v16 and Isaiah 40 v17 talking about rebellious nations/people. Question is can God love us in our worthless state? Yes, is the answer. I love my campervan but it’s not worthless to me if the starter battery is flat. If you have no faith/knowledge of God then you have no way of knowing how to praise him (the bible tells us that is our primary role, to praise God) or extend his kingdom. Your God battery is flat. It is precisely because God loves you that Christ (the Son of God) became a man and dwelt with us and died for us. By doing this he showed us that we are of worth and how we could be reconciled back to God through him (Jesus). Get a battery recharge, if you like. This action of God (forgiveness) results in reconciliation and is dispensed through grace. This is not something that can be earned but is given as a gift from God ‘so no one can boast’. See Ephesians in the bible. Once this reconciliation happens to a person they will be given the skills to praise him and help extend his kingdom. This then makes you, in God’s eyes, a creature of incomparable ‘worth’ and an object of his love. Just depends if you are prepared to bend the knee (to Christ) and acknowledge who He is and who you are in relationship to him. The bible doesn’t say that this process is an easy fix. In my experience it is right in this assumption. For Jesus to hang on a cross when he’d done nothing wrong was not an easy fix. It will be no less so for those who who bend the knee to him in repentance.

    Praying that your unicorn shaped life unbends itself into one shaped like Christ. You wont regret it.

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    1. letter2self Post author

      People are not campervans and it’s irresponsible to compare people to inanimate objects. We trash inanimate objects when they no longer serve their purpose. Do you propose we do the same to people?

      Titus 1:16 says: “They claim to know God, but by their actions they deny him. They are detestable, disobedient and unfit for doing anything good.” It’s clearly talking about people who claim to be Christians or to “know God.” One might even wonder if this could be referring to someone who claims to love God and yet treats others as worthless people…

      I would ask that you re-read my post. I wrote some clarifying statements that may help make the intent of my post clearer.

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  2. Danie

    I just believe that God loves everyone, no matter where they are at. I also believe ministry must come from a place of love and come from the place of the person being ministered to, not the person doing the ministry. That is all.

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    1. Danie

      Also, what I had meant to say was… you cannot USE darkness to get someone to light. You cannot force darkness upon someone hoping they will see light… You can’t use abuse to get someone to see love… Sometimes my fingers can’t keep up with my brain and I have to go back and edit my thoughts, lol.

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      1. Danie

        I’m not going to name specific names (I don’t think you would know any of them anyway, as they are either all people I no longer associate with, or a few blogs I’ve read recently that are very hostile), but I’ve seen and experienced this kind of abusive ministry on multiple occasions.

  3. veautymark

    You are right! We are not worthless. I don’t know any Christian personally who is calling non-Christians worthless or setting out to make them feel that way. Jesus came to save the world. The problem is man’s free will. We have the will to believe or not believe. “that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.”- John 3:16. There is no salvation outside of that belief. Those are great verses you cited. Amen to them but what you do with them here is pull them out of context. You have to reference what is being said before and after these verses. John 3:17-21 says this: 17 For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. 18 Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because they have not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son. 19 This is the verdict: Light has come into the world, but people loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil. 20 Everyone who does evil hates the light, and will not come into the light for fear that their deeds will be exposed. 21 But whoever lives by the truth comes into the light, so that it may be seen plainly that what they have done has been done in the sight of God.

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    1. Danie

      I don’t believe that those verses are out of context. I was demonstrating how much God loves us. I think even with the surrounding verses referenced I still make my point.

      I’m also not saying that people aren’t in need of Jesus. I’m saying that our worth isn’t based on our deeds, evil OR good. Our worth originally is from that fact that we are precious children of God, who He had made, and sewed together in our Mother’s womb. OUR worth is not based on our salvation… because we had worth before that. There is worth in salvation, of course, a lot of it… eternal life, abundant life, forgiveness, and really the list just goes on forever, but this also isn’t the point I’m making in my blog.

      When there is someone who is in darkness (I’m speaking literally) they are probably stumbling around, bumping into stuff, lost and don’t know which direction they are going. When the light switch is flicked on suddenly they know what direction to walk in, they are able to see their surroundings… and they are able to SEE. Their worth has nothing to do with whether the light is on or off.

      The point of my blog was not about the theology at all. The point was entirely in HOW WE GET THE MESSAGE OUT. If people aren’t hearing the message of God’s love and salvation, because we spend all of our time preaching at people, telling them they are worthless without God, and that they are nothing without him, we will turn people away because we are being egotistical elitists… or at least that’s how we are coming across. Jesus spoke to people from where they were at, not from where he was. We need to reach people where THEY are at, not where we are. We need to speak about how being broken felt, we have to humble ourselves.

      Being someone who has spent my entire life in the church, a variety of them, I have seen just about every method of ministry out there, but there is only one kind I have ever seen be effective, and that’s the kind of ministry that is loving, gentle and reaches people where they are. The abrasive, argumentative, debating, aggressive kind of preaching at someone is the fastest way to turn people away. I mean, that kind of communication style is the easiest way to turn people off, regardless of what you are saying.

      Again, I’m not debating the theology here at all, that isn’t the point of my blog. My blog is that as Christians, effective ministry is crucial. We are commanded to spread the world of God. I think there is a right way and a wrong way to do that. That’s my point.

      I can only speak from my own perspective. I have made the most difference in people’s lives, and in spreading the message of God’s love, when I stopped talking and started listening. I started listening to other people’s ideas and beliefs, their pain and joy, and then when I did speak (regardless of if I agree with their beliefs or not) I spoke to where they were at from a place of love. That’s when they were able to experience Jesus… because He isn’t high up on a pedestal, he is down with “the least of these” and that’s the place of humility we need to come from.

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      1. veautymark

        Light exposes what is hidden in the darkness. That’s what the gospel does. Share the gospel with others and it exposes sin. People will either come to a place of repentance or they will turn from the light. Unsaved people are not worthless. I have never eluded to that. If we were worthless then Jesus wouldn’t have experienced the cross. That being said, we all have to come to the decision of whether to follow Jesus or not. And most people will choose not to. Matthew 7:13-14 says, “13 “Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. 14 But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.” Only a few enter not the masses. I have seen churches appeal to feelings. The feeling of being loved. Yes, God loves us, but He also requires holiness through obedience. That’s in the bible over and over again. I have also seen churches that use things of the world to bring crowds in. That doesn’t work. The gospel is what truly brings people to salvation. Sin is the issue and people don’t want to turn away from their sin. There are different styles of ministering the gospel, but there is still the same message. I go to 2 churches every Sunday and the pastors are very different in style. One is very militant and [passionate about the word. The other is more charismatic. Both speak the truth and don’t hold back on the truth that not one of us is good. We all fall short of the glory of God. God uses both as his instruments. Some people need a very in your face minister and some respond to a more softer approach. But to say that one or the other is wrong in their style is arrogant. The church is a body and the Lord uses us in different ways but with the same message: We are messed up bc of sin and we need a savior. Jesus is the Savior. Outside of Him there is no salvation. (I have to talk theology here bc it ties into the message I am presenting.)

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