It seems that the favorite beating rug is the Christian. Yes, the Christian seems to be the first people that everyone wants to verbally attack. When an atheist wants to lash out at the actions of Muslims, they attack Christians. Terrorist attack a group in the streets of France people attack Christians. Why is that? Well, this reaction is very simple and very basic. instead of wanting to accept responsibility for the actions our own group or a group that we have taken up for we would rather divert attention onto another group. Christians make a very easy target due to the crass attitude of those that misrepresent the Christian faith. Though we as Christians who uphold Gospel values should not worry about this. You should not get angry when people do these things, you should not try to argue with them either. Just show them as Christ would show them and that is through love. We should be honored that we are hated as much as we are, after all, no other religious group or central faith leader is hated as much as Jesus Christ.
“and you will be hated by everyone because of my name. But the one who endures to the end—this one will be saved.”
(Matthew 10:22, LEB)
It is always important that we keep our cool, and not let anger get the best of us. It is not a concept of Christians trying to “take the high road” or a “better than thou” attitude either. The principal that we are trying to show here is the very foundation and central core to Christianity and that is Christ. We should do this to try and be smug towards those of other beliefs or dogma. We should do this because this is who we are as Christ commands. The Great Commandment which says to Love your Lord above all and to serve your Lord above all, and to love your neighbors as you would love yourself. Though some of this is expected, some of this is our own faults. At the turn of the last century, Christians turned an ideological approach. On top of this, we also started to see the rise of secular humanism really take a hold. Yet, Christian leadership stayed focused on what we know today as the “social gospel.” This theory and thought are based more on the what we can do rather than we can Jesus do aspects of our faith. The end result has cost us ground in the church.
“Therefore everyone who acknowledges me before people, I also will acknowledge him before my Father who is in heaven. But whoever denies me before people, I also will deny him before my Father who is in heaven.”
(Matthew 10:32–33, LEB)
The fact that many of the most famous and well heard out pastors today are not actually proclaiming the word of God is heartbreaking. Some of the world’s largest churches are twisting the word to fit the ideology of the nation instead of the handed down word of Yahweh. Now the word may not always be the nice and loving one that we look for yet it will be the one we need. Yahweh is our father, and like any good father, He will not always give us what we want, how we want it at all times. As a Christian nation when we lash back out towards those who lash out at us are we then no longer Christian? Well, Paul, in Romans states it best when he declares in Christ I shall no longer sin. This concept is true, if you are filled with Christ then sin should have no place to dwell. You are as dead to sin as Romans 6:11 would put it. So take it with a grain of salt that you are being mocked by those that dislike Christians. Pray for them and show them compassion. Remember they are actually doing what Jesus said they would do back around 30 ad.
“Behold my servant whom I have chosen, my beloved in whom my soul is well pleased. I will put my Spirit on him, and he will proclaim justice to the Gentiles. He will not quarrel or cry out, nor will anyone hear his voice in the streets. A crushed reed he will not break, and a smoldering wick he will not extinguish, until he brings justice to victory. And in his name the Gentiles will hope.”
(Matthew 12:18–21, LEB)