Bullies are mean. They try to build themselves up by putting other people down.
Religion is mean because it builds up it’s followers by putting others down that don’t follow the religion.
“You’re going to hell!” no “You’re going to hell!”, well, we all know that “he is going to hell!”
Rules, regulations, and a man’s desire to build a stairway to heaven. Your hair is too long, you smoke, you drink, you listen to rock music, you listen to jazz, you read the wrong Bible.
C’mon folks. Stop being a bully. Lay down your gavel and stop being the judge. Criticizing someone else isn’t going to get you closer to God. Standing on the street corner yelling won’t show the way to a loving God. Hating everyone that isn’t like you isn’t going to make God love you more. There’s a speck in your eye. There’s a plank in mine. Sorry for all the times I’ve been a bully.
Luke 18:9 To some who were confident of their own righteousness and looked down on everyone else, Jesus told this parable: 10 “Two men went up to the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. 11 The Pharisee stood by himself and prayed: ‘God, I thank you that I am not like other people—robbers, evildoers, adulterers—or even like this tax collector. 12 I fast twice a week and give a tenth of all I get.’
13 “But the tax collector stood at a distance. He would not even look up to heaven, but beat his breast and said, ‘God, have mercy on me, a sinner.’
14 “I tell you that this man, rather than the other, went home justified before God. For all those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.”