[Note: This article was originally a post to my Facebook page. I thought I’d give it a little wider circulation.]
I have tried to stop posting [to social media] in response to events that tend to polarize people. Seems when I do, I manage to offend all sorts of people, and I end up being accused of all sorts of interesting offenses. So, I quietly read the highly flammable, knee-jerk, and woefully uninformed opinions of others who seem to think it’s perfectly fine to say things that offend the daylights out of me.
Recently I’ve read posts from folks who seem to think that Christians are the cause of all the problems in the world. I’ve never known any Christian who thought they were perfect, or that they didn’t create their own share of trouble.
That said, I’d like to kindly suggest that if tomorrow, all the Christians just quit doing the tremendous amount of good that they do daily, the world you think is bad now would suddenly become horrible. People who harp on Christians, accuse them, blame them, etc., seldom speak from a rational, factual base. Now where something is true, and worth pointing a finger at, I’m on your side, but unless you know what you’re talking about, how about just cooling your angst and getting a grip on yourself.
The baseline teaching of Jesus is that one should love God with all one’s heart, soul, mind, and strength and that we should love our neighbor as we love ourselves. Everything else flows from that. Do we get that one right all the time? Nope. Neither does anyone else. Yet no other religion has the heart of Jesus at its core.
It’s become a trend to dump on the Christians. Fine. History has shown that this happens quite frequently, and when it happens, Christians may get upset, angry, frustrated, or worse. But the core beliefs of Jesus followers don’t change, and we love our enemies as we love our friends.
More care for the hurting, the poor, the disenfranchised, the sick, the displaced, the hopeless and helpless, comes from Christians than most people can imagine. That doesn’t mean there are no other equally caring people in the world. It simply means that before you decide that Christians are the cause of all the trouble in the world, you might want to look around first. Your view might be skewed by unexplainable mistakes on your part.
It’s true that Christians frequently irritate people because they consider some things right and other things wrong. Nobody wants to be told they’re wrong. But we do it, not because we want to sit on our “high horse” and condemn others, but because we understand this is God’s view of human life.
We speak from the “we” problem of sin, not the “you” problem of sin. In other words, I have the same problem of sin as anybody else. I also believe there’s an answer for those sins, and it’s not by becoming better than others, it’s by putting one’s faith in a Savior who paid the price for our sins.
A lot of folks might benefit from giving Christians the same break they insist that Christians give to people. Truth is, we’ve been giving those breaks for a long time. You ready to step up too?
Thank you for reading this far. If you’ve read this as some “holier-than-thou” spiel, you’ve missed the point. It’s simply to suggest that it’s time for folks on all sides to just stop the crazy, insensitive, unreasonable, rock-throwing.
Thank you for considering my point of view.