Do all Christian bloggers come under fire often? I don’t see that much, and I don’t know if I do because I have a knack for drawing out those who want to argue against the faith, or if most bloggers just ignore such comments.
For me, most direct attacks come from ex-believers, those of other faiths, or those who oppose any idea of religion. It’s known that my blog commonly speaks against Christian corruption. Even so, Christians are not the ones who come to my site badgering me. Some just ignore, and others are more sneaky and would rather slander me behind my back. In any case, sometimes it feels as though in some form, opposition comes at me from all sides.
Dealing with all in the righteous way has been an on-going learning process, and there have been times when I had to apologize and re-phrase my comments. Finding the most empathetic and compassionate response is not in my nature. It is in my nature to be harsh and shut people up in ways that are not fitting for a believer in Jesus. Lately, I thank the Lord that he is helping me with this. I want his wisdom to shut their mouths, not my hatefulness.
Even so, I feel very grieved today. I see a common theme here. Many used to believe in Jesus, but they no longer because of all the division, hate, hypocrisy, and other tendencies among Christians. They see how corrupt it all is, and they throw Jesus out along with the Christian systems they once worshiped. If we had the mind of Christ, it would not be so. We would not continue fighting over the outer appearances of righteousness, and instead, we would understand the spirit of the matter. If we were Spirit-filled and led, things would be so much different.
What about his prayer that we would be one as he and the Father are one? If we understood the spirit of what pleases God instead of fighting over legalism, we would be one. If we really believe in Jesus, would we not also believe in what he stands for and what he teaches? Would we not understand the futility of fighting over petty matters and effectively “straining out the gnat and swallowing the camel?”
I get the impulse. I hate false doctrine, for example, because it affects the way many view God. However, there are underlying principles that are more important than knowledge–those of mercy, patience, love, temperance, and the other fruits of the Spirit. However, if we know what these things really mean, we will also understand that there is a time and place for rebuke and standing against falsities. It’s all in how we do it.
I take comfort in knowing that God is in control of all things, and one day Jesus will return to overthrow all the foolish things in this world — foolishness that leads to much hate and bloodshed. We need to stop killing each other, both in the spirit and in the flesh. Most of us do not murder, however, we hate. If we hate, we are killing.
Should we accept other religions for the sake of “peace” as many I encounter suggest? No. Jesus is the only way, and he alone will avenge the blood shed, both in the spirit and in the flesh. We can live at peace with others and remain separate from them, or at least, we should try and have faith that Jesus will come, overthrow the False Prophet and all who oppress, and the whole world will understand the foolishness of their ways, bow before him, and “beat their swords into plowshares and their spears into pruning hooks. Nations shall not lift up sword against nation. Neither shall they learn war anymore.”
I look forward to that day, though I also fear it. I deserve to be among those the Lord overthrows. However, he is merciful towards those who seek to keep his words and live by them. I want to be as one who lives and walks in the path of peace. I want to be one who honors the name of Jesus by striving to live like him with faith in the power of the Spirit to light the way. I want to take comfort in his mercy, both in his mercy to spare those who trust in him and his mercy to avenge the oppressed. Until that day, I want the strength to uphold the teachings of Christ and remain at peace and trusting the Lord rather than being overcome by this world and consumed by the hate that surrounds me.
Why do I write this? Partially, my motives are selfish. It’s helpful for me to put things on paper. Also, I committed to being more transparent about my Christian walk as living proof of the gospel, so these sorts of blog entries will continue. If you’re like me and you struggle with all the divisions and other things in Christianity that should not be, please don’t start throwing Jesus out also. He will avenge all oppression, whether the title of Christian is attached to it or not. Secondly, have faith in the judgments of the Lord and his mercy, and do not participate with those who destroy others, no matter how harsh they become towards us — even to the ending of our lives, if need be. If we continue, our reward will be great!