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Defending Your Faith Unjustly

Updated on June 8, 2016

As a Christian, I can easily become offended by the terrible things that people say about my belief. I instantly feel angry and hurt by the vulgar and offensive language often associated with somebody expressing a hate for God and the Christian faith. The thing is, because I am a Christian and study my Bible continuously, I know that anger is not something that I should express, and it’s definitely not something that I should act on. Scripture tells us over and over again that the wrath of man is dangerous and evil (James 1:19-20, Proverbs 29:11, James 1:20, Ecclesiastes 7:9, Proverbs 15:18, Colossians 3:8, Mathew 5:22, Psalm 37:8-9) and these are just a few examples!

Human nature triggers us to want to hurt people that hurt us, or to retaliate against the offense that somebody hurls at us. But, we’ll never be able to defend God’s honor justly by doing this. Acting on this aggression would push other people further away from God when it’s His will that all should be saved. He wants to use us to bring the lost to Him, not to condemn them and cause their hate to increase. Even Jesus, hanging on the cross, battered and suffering the most unimaginable agony while within moments of death, asks for his persecutors to be forgiven of the awful things they were doing to Him. (Luke 23:34).

We’re supposed to have love and compassion for those that persecute us, (Mathew 5:44). We should also be glad that we partake in the suffering of Christ because it shows that we belong to Him (1 Peter 4:12-19). And before we react hatefully to those that are against us, we should consider how Jesus would have responded. He certainly would have shown them mercy and was always troubled in His heart by their bitterness and unbelief.

Recently, I seen a comment about somebody stating that people who teach their children to believe in God are brainwashing them. An immediate response from somebody trying to defend the Christian faith was filled with vile language and wishing hateful things against them in retribution. The latter hurt me equally as much as the former, and it should. It’s very difficult for me to understand how somebody that follows God would think that it is okay to cuss at and verbally assault someone who doesn't. That is more foolish than someone who rejects God altogether. It’s easy to see why people are so quick to go against Christians if people claiming to be followers of Christ present themselves in this way.

I’m not trying to be a hypocrite, we’re all guilty of it in some way or another. I’ll admit that my weakness is wanting to correct people that say things that contradict scripture because I feel that my knowledge of scripture is then superior in some way. But that’s the sinful side of me that I battle with regularly. It’s easy for me to lose sight of whether I’m correcting in God’s honor or for my own personal gratification, but it’s crucial that I always take the time to figure it out and change my agenda. I'm horrible because I'm always trying to make things about me and it's certainly not about 'me'.

We will always have people that are against us, and we’ll also always have those that think they’re fighting with us and actually hurting our cause instead. It’s important that we bring the Glory to God that He deserves. The best way to do this is by studying His word continuously (2 Timothy 3:16-17). It’s the only way to guarantee that we’re teaching, correcting and training in a just and honest manner.

There are far too many foolish things said and done in the world because people don’t take the time to really review the things they say and realize the consequences that inevitably follow after. People that don’t believe in God will always hurt me with the cruel things that they say but I have to remember that these are still people with souls who hurt, and cry, and feel pain too. There’s also a good chance that they don’t believe in God because of how people have hurt and rejected them in God's name.

Judgement day is yet to come and God clearly states that vengeance is His (Romans 12:19). He is the only one that can see the true nature of people's hearts. Until then, it’s vital that we express love for people and their souls, and pray that they too will come to know God. Search diligently to have compassion on them and if they hurt you then God says to turn the other cheek and offer it. He doesn’t want us to strike back. Many will not be saved and that breaks my heart. Especially knowing that some of them are people that I love dearly. And for the ones that we struggle not to resent, and for the ones that hurt us because we love Christ, we know that every knee shall bow to God, and every tongue will confess that He is Lord (Romans 14:11). They will have a debt to pay and we'll give unending praise for our salvation in Jesus that we accepted and believed in.

Strive hard to give people a purer understanding of God's love. Love unconditionally and be kind to someone even when they are not kind to you. God wants us to be humble and that means that we should not think ourselves better just because we are believers. We sin just like any unbeliever and because we believe our sins often make us hypocrites. And always remember what God's greatest commandments are; to love God with all of your heart, mind and soul (Mathew 22:36-40), and that we should love one another just as Jesus loved us, in this way people will see that we truly belong to Him (John 13:34-35).

I love you all and God bless.

© 2016 Brianna

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      Brianna 15 months ago from Texas

      Thank ya much!

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      Momma bear 15 months ago

      Love your writing babygirl.. Very inspirational & true.

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      Kiss andTales 20 months ago

      Thank you for your honesty.

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      Brianna 20 months ago from Texas

      I'm so glad you appreciate it, that's very rewarding to me as a writer! But yes, those are excellent verses to compare to. I hadn't even considered them!

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      Kiss andTales 20 months ago

      I really appreciate your hub , as I can relate to this happening to me . If you do not believe in God that is expected of certain conduct, but you are so right that a so called profess christian can be more vile and ugly in speech using profanity then the one who do not believe in God,

      That is because it is a ploy by satan to keep people away from the truth of knowing the heavenly Father, not by just saying there is a God but really knowing him by his attributes and personality.

      As written ,

      notice, Mt 7:15“Be on the watch for the false prophets who come to you in sheep’s covering, but inside they are ravenous wolves.

      Mt 7:20 Really, then, by their fruits you will recognize those men.

      You see there is no way we can avoid what Jesus said would happen,

      I am not surprised , but what gets me is that they believe they are serving God by acting un christian like.

      No .

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      Brianna 20 months ago from Texas

      I can certainly imagine. People are so hostile when it comes to politics. I hear awful things all the time myself! An you are so right, God gives power to rulers and kings. We know that the world will fall in order for prophesy to come to be, so we shouldn't loathe leaders so much when we see things turning sour. Thank you for reading my article, it means a lot to me!

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      Ronald E Franklin 20 months ago from Mechanicsburg, PA

      The personal attacks on opponents you see online by people who identify themselves as Christians is extremely disappointing. I was a moderator on an explicitly Christian newspaper website during the 2012 election campaign, and saw over and over again how some people thought they were defending the faith by expressing the deepest disrespect toward those who held a different political view. And the disrespect expressed toward our president (whom we are commanded to pray for, not denigrate) was often off the charts. The Bible teaches again and again that Christians are to be characterized by their love, even for their enemies. I hope the message of this hub gets a wide hearing.

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      Brianna 20 months ago from Texas

      Thank you, and you are very welcome!

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      Eric Dierker 20 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      A good honest approach. Many should read this as it gives us good pause to review and direct our own conduct. Thank you