“They’ll Know We Are Christians by Our Love” (part two)

Anyone who sees Christians going about the business of loving people–even the unlovely–should be able to understand that Christianity is the ultimate religion of love and peace. So loving and so peaceful,  in fact, that Jesus prayed and asked God’s forgiveness for the people who were putting Him to death–in circumstances where hatred, anger, and resentment would have been the normal human emotions. Especially since the Romans and religious leaders responsible for His death  weren’t the least sorry for what they were doing.

What amazing love! Love that deserves the description “awesome” above everything else.

Why do so many people view the Bible as a textbook of hatred (and how many of them have read the Quran?) and Christians as the most hateful people on the face of the earth?

Maybe they’re too busy looking backwards at wars and persecution that were carried out in the name of Christianity in days long past. By people who never would’ve sung, “They’ll know we are Christians by our love.” Not unless they’d done it hypocritically.

Or is the problem that Christians believe “Do not murder” means preserving the lives of innocent babies rather than allowing pregnant women to erase their sinful “mistakes” by killing their babies in utero because of the inconvenience or embarrassment of being pregnant? Or that “Do not commit adultery” interferes with the desires of the many individuals who believe post-modernism has eliminated the need for moral standards of behavior regarding anything? Or is the problem that biblical admonitions against homosexuality affect the “rights” of the vocal gay minority to practice their sins publicly–and to flaunt them?

Or is the problem that  non-believers see Christians as judgmental? The Bible says murder, adultery, and homosexuality are all wrong. The Bible is very clear about those issues. All of them are sins–things God disapproves of. Things that stand in the way of having a right relationship with Him.

But the Bible also specifies a number of other sins. Is it right for Christians to go around ranting at gay people for being sinners when–in reality–each one of us is a sinner in our own individual ways. No one is righteous on his own merit, and no one is “good enough” to deserve God’s love.

I’m not advocating the toleration of sin–any sin. But I believe strongly in the popular saying, “Love the sinner, hate the sin.” I believe one of the worst sins Christians practice is failing to demonstrate the kind of love and forgiveness Jesus modeled during his earthly ministry. For me, that’s the bottom line.

“They will know we are Christians by our love.” And if they don’t see that love, then they have a right to question our faith–and even the basis of what we say we believe in.

If you’re a Christian, do others see a life filled with love, even when you don’t feel very loving? If you’re not a Christian, has any supposed Christian ever treated you in a way that made you question the reality of his faith? How about leaving a comment, please.

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Roger

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8 thoughts on ““They’ll Know We Are Christians by Our Love” (part two)

  1. There was never a more true statement than your premise for this blog post. Many times I have been told by an acquaintance or co-worker, “I am a Christian too.” And often I thought, “could have fooled me”. The reason is simple, the way they treat, speak and act to others. I am beyond perfect and in no place to judge, but I do treat others the way I would want to be treated, so much so, people have always said I am too nice. I want no one to doubt that I am a Christian and that Christ is my savior and think, “How can I have that?” There is no better witness than to be a person who loves.

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  2. I certainly admire the ideals of christianity. However, there is sufficient evidence prevalent in our history books to tell me there are very few practicing christians walking among us.

    Just look at the two world wars – the largest, bloodoest conflicts of all time were waged on so-called christian territories. ”Praise the lord and pass the ammunition” was a popular refrain from both sides.It was pure evil, insanity, something that has no excuse, especially when it was the main denominations that dominated the affair.

    Of course there are other terrible examples and it need not be recounted here all the terrible things done to unborn children, minorities, ‘infidels’, and so forth. Suffice to say that the largest groups are controlled by a heirarchy who cares not for God’s word but their own vanity.

    SO where do we find the true disciples? Everywhere. The world over. Not just in the little nest of folks who believe like me or you. As has been shown multiple times, God judges the heart, not the religious afiliation. Thus, the scriptures are replete with examples of him showing mercy and love towards non-jews in the time that the Jews were given special privelege as his Earthly servants. And, Jesus himself showed mercy to unbelievers and ‘sinners’ because of the state of affairs in their hearts.

    SO I see this as a thing where people of good will are sprinkled over all the earth, because there are good people all over the Earth. They are dominated by a majority of dark, sinister, evil people who run most things. But they exist in every place. The humble, abused, downtrodden folk are the ones God remembers. He himself says so.

    This is why I do not complain or worry or fret about the sad state of affairs in the world. Just as in the days of the Sadduccees and Phairasees the religious leaders of today will lose their place as representatives of God and be replaced by a new order, one managed by lovong, beautiful people.

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  3. Tom, it’s hard for me to agree with some of your points, although they’re all well made. I do agree, however, that the earth has good people spread all over. And I agree that the evil people seem too much of the time to be the ones in control.

    Yes, the state of affairs of people’s hearts is important, and Jesus certainly showed mercy on all who sought His help. And the Sermon on the Mount displays a great deal of love for people who are right with God.

    You may not know many practicing Christians, but I know a number of them, not just in the U.S., but also in England, Wales, Romania, Nicaragua, and Australia. And I know a few of the other kind, too–the ones who don’t give any evidence of having God’s love in their hearts.

    And I’m not sure you could prove to me that Christians themselves are responsible for some of the terrible things that have gone on and continue to go on in the world. It’s not as if a nation can truly be considered Christian unless the vast majority of its citizens are. I’m more conscious of the good things Christians are doing–like reaching out to help meet the needs of refugees in the Middle East.

    FYI, I want to see ISIS defeated. But I also pray for those and other Muslims to turn from Allah to the one and only true God.

    Your thoughts are interesting, as always, and I appreciate your sharing them.

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  4. I’m not an evangelist so I won’t go any further. I admire your ideas but I lack your innocent heart and straightshooting point of view.

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