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Christian bullying, inside and outside the church?
Stop Church Bullying
Bullying is not a good thing
Christian and bullying are two words not usually used in the same sentence. While the Christian faith is built on the idea “of loving others as God loves,” each and everyone there are times when Christians are viewed as bullies. There are times when Christians come across as abrasive, condescending, self righteous bullies not only to non-believers but also to members of their own church.
Bullying is defined as “a persistent unwelcome behavior, mostly using unwarranted or invalid criticism, nit-picking, fault-finding, also exclusion, isolation,” and much more.
Here are some ways Christians may come across as bullies.
* Mocking another person's beliefs because they are different. For example some Christians believe in talking tongues others don't.
* Undermining another person's life because it does not line up with the Bible.
* Ignoring another persons ideas because they do not line up with your beliefs.
* Humiliating non Christian's in front of others because they do not want to come to a saving grace in Christ.
There are many other ways Christians can be perceived as bullies. The Bible is clear however, bullying is not to be a Christian tactic. Ephesians 4:29, states, “Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear.” Also in Romans 12:18 the Bible says, “so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all.”
Christians are called to set an example for others whether it is inside the church or outside the church. Therefore when conflicts arise as they will with all certainty, Christians should not react negatively but remember these words found in Romans 15:7, Therefore welcome one another as Christ has welcomed you, for the glory of God.”