Do we ever stop to think that the manner in which Christians often treat unbelievers is a problem? Often I see scenarios in which an unbeliever is disputing the bible, God, or Christianity in general, and those who are Christian jump at the chance to make that person feel as small as possible. Why?
Are you threatened by unbelievers? Are you angered by them? In some ways, I understand. I understand that it can be hard to deal with people trashing the name of God, but from where I stand, Christians do a pretty good job of dragging the name of Jesus through the mud themselves.
Why, do you suppose, Christians have such a bad name? Is it because we are so holy and that the “sinners” cannot have fellowship with us? Or, is it because we are self-righteous hypocrites who need to understand the bible ourselves before we go around judging others for their lack of understanding?
How can we forget some of the most basic teachings of Jesus? How can we forget that no-one comes to the Son unless the Father calls him? How can we forget the patience of Jesus that is leading us to repentance? How can we forget that all good things is us come from God and we have no reason to boast? And for goodness sake, how can we forget to love our enemies?
I’m getting really tired of seeing the manner in which those who profess Jesus treat those who are without the faith. What is your goal? Do you want to help lead them to Jesus or just prove that you are right — that you are somehow superior to them because you accept Jesus and they don’t? Do you not realize that judgement comes to the world because of Christians who forget the judgment, mercy, and faith of Jesus — not the unbelievers?
I think so often we are all too quick to take up the sword — just like when Jesus was taken at the Mount of Olives. We need to remember the spirit of the time we are in. As for me, unless the antichrist comes and people start worshiping him, I want to approach everyone as if they are a brother and be as merciful and compassionate as possible. I don’t want to be one who forgets the patience of Jesus and ends up on the wrong side of his wrath. When that day comes, then the sword will be taken up — and not by those who wrongly use it now.
Trade in your sword for an olive branch, if you catch my meaning.