Prepare to have your toes stepped on. I’m turning the tables on us in this post.
In the last post I said that no one likes to be ridiculed or treated unfairly. Persecution is just that. When we, or anyone are treated with hostility because of race, political or religious beliefs, it is persecution. Let’s reverse the words from the last post. We don’t know who they are personally, and we don’t care. We see them as someone with a belief that we find offensive. We see them as threatening to our belief or lifestyle. Let’s look at some examples, and at some Christians who are doing it differently.
Many see Islam in American and believe they should all be deported. We see terrorism and lump all Muslims in the same group. We shun them, protest and discriminate against them. Do you know someone who is Muslim? There is a cab company in a midsized Midwest town owned by a Christian who describes himself as a missionary. He hires only Muslim drivers. The company isn’t large, but supports about 15 or so families. He knows these men he has hired and is involved in their lives. He knows what goes on in their lives and in the lives of their families. They talk daily, and discuss the Bible and their beliefs. Some, but not all have become Christians
How about homosexuals? Do they make you feel uncomfortable? Are you disgusted by the Gay Pride parades? Here is an excerpt from a recent article in Christianity today by Veronica Neffinger:
“Christian Today reports that David Bennett grew up in an agnostic home in Australia. Although he attended a conservative Christian school, he rejected Christianity and came out as gay when he was 14. He experienced discrimination as a gay man which led him to campaign for the rights of the LGBT community.
God had his hand on Bennett, however, and now, after being converted while in college by a Christian filmmaker he was interviewing, Bennett is involved in spreading the truth of Scripture.
He says he is especially inspired by Psalm 45:2 which says: ‘Grace has anointed your lips.’”
Another arch enemy of Christians is abortion. This is probably one area we get it right, at least to those considering having an abortion. Many of the protesters who stand outside of the abortion clinics have befriended one of the ladies who is going into the clinic. Being involved and showing love, these folks are able to turn the situation around and convince the woman that abortion is not the right answer.
Jesus gave us a great example in John 4 when He encountered the Samaritan woman at the well. First of all, Jesus made the first contact by asking her for a drink. She was taken aback, for after all, Jews did not associate with Samaritans. And to add to this, she was a woman, one who was living in adultery. This short exchange led not only the woman to know Christ, but the whole town of Sychar.
We have to stop and ask ourselves, “Who is the Samaritan woman God has put before me? Who does he want me to meet; to introduce to Jesus?” Will this be uncomfortable? You bet it will be. But we aren’t called to sit in the Church building, or to just hang out with our Christian friends. We are called to go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything Jesus has commanded.
If you saw someone getting ready to step off a curb in front of a bus, would you first ask them if they were Muslim or gay? No, you’d grab them and pull them back from a certain death. We should be of the same mindset, as the unsaved are headed for eternal death. Let’s take off the blinders of prejudice, and be concerned about their salvation.