Sadly many in our nation are falling to the path of godless men. Most likely you all know at least one person who has publicly spoken hatred towards God. They will tell you Christianity corrupts society and be quick to point out every mistake that has ever been made by Christians. They will say that Christians are ignorant bigots who deny equal rights and that we do away with all reason and logic. They will say that we are deceived fools.
They will discredit the miracles and healings done in the church. They will discredit the marriages restored and the addictions broken. Some will even discredit the fact that Jesus ever existed. They will feed you one conspiracy theory after the next. They will discredit any greater purpose or meaning of life other than to reproduce. They will say life is all an accident with no cause behind it and we are simply evolved animals.
They will in fact try to steal your hope.
Their exact reasons and motives tend to vary but I think one thing is clear—we as Christians have been misunderstood too many times because we have failed to show love. We ourselves have often pushed Christ aside and acted in hatred showing judgmental condemning attitudes to others who do not agree with us. It is time to stand for the true love of Christ.
I have seen one argument after the next online and it really saddens me. I would encourage you the next time a God hating person comments on your social network page instead of hastily getting into an argument, first stop and pray hard. Ask God to overcome you with His love for this person. Ask Him to overcome them with His love. Then simply reply back and tell them you love them. Tell them that nothing they have ever said about Jesus changes His amazing unconditional love for them, and say you are praying for them. Leave it at that! They may probe you and say hateful things about the God you love. They may persecute you and call you hurtful names. They will try to fuel your anger. They will want you to reply with the same hopeless attitude that they show. But do not. Stand for the love of Christ by showing love not hatred.
Did they do any less to our Lord Jesus?
Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness,
for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. –Matthew 5:10
But I tell you: Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you. –Matthew 5:44
- Love your Enemies (media4lifeministries.com)
- Enemies Can Be Friends (freedomborn.wordpress.com)
- Loving The Enemy (mychristiancoffeeshop.wordpress.com)
- LOVE Your Enemies: (motivationofthemind.wordpress.com)
- Loving Enemies (curacy.org)
- In the line up (catchjohnfischer.wordpress.com)