“Let us be glad and rejoice and honor him. For the time has come for the wedding feast of the Lamb, and his bride has prepared herself. She is permitted to wear the finest white linen. For the fine linen represents the good deeds of God’s holy people.” (Rev. 19:7-8 NLT) …..it’s those last two sentences that spark my imagination…..if, as this passage says, the church’s wedding dress is made of accumulated good deeds she has performed through history, surely hers is the most sparkling and beautiful of them all.
Imagine, then, how upset the Lord must be when we sling mud on her. Consider how it must break His heart when we thoughtlessly besmirch the one He gave His life for without unbecoming words or actions. And think about how angry it must make Him when we do it again and again.
We fully expect the world to throw mud on the bride of Christ. Those who resent what the church stands for will never grow tired of castigating her. But it’s beyond tragic that God’s own people would be caught doing it. And we are, more often than you might think.
(from The 10 Dumbest Things Christians Do)