Wednesday, January 31, 2007

WWJD?

I got home from Amberton last night in time to watch Nightline for a few minutes. They had a couple on there who are strident atheists. In fact, they have made it their mission to destroy all "superstitious" religions. They are convinced that they can outreason us into atheism. The guy conducting the interview asked them a final question: "When will you be satisfied?" They answered, "When Christianity has disappeared from the planet."

During the part I saw, they showed the reaction of "Christians" to this couple. Maybe I'm getting soft in my old age, but I was thinking, "How sad." Here are two people who obviously have had something bad happen in their lives to make them feel such disgust for people of faith. And then to have that reinforced by people who act so godless -- in the name of God! Telling them that they are going to hell. "You're gonna burn!" Yes, sir. That's the way to share the love of Jesus with them.

Unfortunately, a few years ago that would have been me. But my first thought last night night was, "What experiences have they had to make them feel so much pain?" "What is their story?"

Here's a good one: What would Jesus do?

4 comments:

Mark A. said...

I wouldn't call it soft. I believe it is more compassionate. Not only is this an issue with outsiders but within Christianity itself. Luke 6:35 says "for He Himself is kind to ungrateful and evil men" and Matt 9:13 "I desire compassion and not sacrifice". Too often I am judgemental instead of compassionate. I really want to work on my reaction to things like this and when people start talking about what is wrong with what other Christians are doing and be more compassionate as I want God to be compassionate with me and my faults.

Jeff said...

It is an unfortunate situation. Society is making it harder and harder for Christians to speak out against sin and the consequences of sin. On the other hand, too many Christians speak out in a manner that isn't beneficial.

We must show compassion where it is warranted and we must show the teachings of God and the consequence for failure to follow His teaching when warranted. To do that, we certainly need to pray for wisdom from God to act in accordance with His will.

Beverly Ross said...

I pray for more compassion that I will make Jesus look really, really good. How sad that people that wear His precious name can be so hard.

randy said...

Seems like when the Lord was harsh with people it was with those who professed an outward holiness but were inwardly empty while great compassion was extended toward sinners.