You may have seen this story by now. It’s honestly just one of the latest controversies that people will soon forget about and move on from. I don’t bring it up to keep arguments going. I bring it up because I see it as another piece in a long trend that seems to keep playing out.
I don’t hide my faith. I’m a Christian. You can call me a religious weirdo or a straight idiot. I don’t really care if you label me a Jesus Freak, there ain’t no disguising the truth. (Somebody high five me for that one.)
I am a Christian. Therefore, I am associated with Holly Fisher based on those four words. I am forever connected to her and those like her in the minds of many people. I’ve come to terms with that, and it doesn’t change my mind on what I believe.
I have to say, though, I wish she wasn’t holding a Bible in that picture. And if she had to be, I wish she’d have it opened and would have been reading it.
I think we, as Christians, need to figure out what “standing up for our beliefs” means verses “creating pointless battles.” There’s a difference. And I believe a lot of pointless battles and arguments that Christians start get labeled under titles like, “Standing up for your beliefs,” and “Defending the our Constitutional rights.”
I get sick to my stomach when I watch Christians play the victim card. I find it ridiculous that Christians spend their time complaining to other Christians about how hard we have it in America and how the liberals are taking Christmas from us.
First off, I went to church on Christmas Eve, did you? Anyone there throw pigs blood on you? Cool. Me neither.
Second, did you think we’d be the most popular people on the block when you decided to take up your cross and follow Jesus? Did you think we would be the coolest people at parties when our Leader who did nothing but heal people and give out free wine got nailed to a cross?
This “woe-is-me” Christian mentality needs to stop. It’s embarrassing, and it’s not biblical. There actually thousands of Christians all over the world who are literally suffering every day under fierce persecution. Even if we were experiencing some kind of suffering for our faith in America, does that give us an excuse to publically act like the victims?
What do you do with a verse like 2 Corinthians 2:5?
For just as we share abundantly in the sufferings of Christ, so also our comfort abounds through Christ.
What do you do with a verse like Philippians 1:29?
For it has been granted to you on behalf of Christ not only to believe in him, but also to suffer for him.
What do you do with a verse like James 1:2?
Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance.
What do you do when you read verses like that? Do you think that it doesn’t apply to you because you are an American and George Washington used to quote the Bible? So you go on national TV or complain on Facebook?
It’s embarrassing. How can we claim we have a Kingdom that cannot be shaken when the citizens of the Kingdom spend all day being rattled and shaken up?
You can say, “Well, I have a right to say how I feel!” And you would be correct. You do, as an American, have a Constitutional right to say exactly how you feel.
You have a right to say it. But do you need to say it?
Jesus had a right to wipe out those that crucified him, but he didn’t. Instead he prayed for their forgiveness. He didn’t post pictures on Twitter holding the Torah and a crossbow. He took the persecution because he knew the opinions and actions of a few men would not tear down his Kingdom.
He knew that if He handled it the right way, it would only spread his message more. And it’s why 2,000 years later we still see the church alive.
Don’t call President Obama a moron from your pulpit and then turn around in the next sentence and say that you love him and are praying for him because you sound like a liar. (I’ve seen this done in person.)
God is not calling us to agree with the majority. God is not calling us to compromise our morals and beliefs. God is not even calling us to be silent about it.
God is calling us to use wisdom. God is calling us to use tact. God is calling us to love.
During the President Clinton-Monica Lewinsky scandal, Billy Graham agreed to meet with President Clinton at his request. Of course, many on the conservative right threw stones at him for associating with someone they wanted to impeach. Probably sounded a lot like what they said to Jesus when he went to tax collectors homes.
Billy Graham took the persecution and went anyway. He summed up his decision with this: “It is the Holy Spirit’s job to convict, God’s job to judge, and my job to love.”