Destroying The Doors of Judgment
It seems to me that many "Christians" are like people who have just quit smoking. Suddenly all smokers are "bad" people and now that I am a non-smoker, I am suddenly "better" than you.
I have questioned people as to why they don't attend church. I know some are just excuses because of guilt and their own prejudices, but many of the answers fall back on the "Christians" they have been in contact with.
I watch as "Christians" argue their faith in forums and in other places. I see it on the forum here on hub pages all the time. Did Jesus argue? Do you really think you will change a person's mind by arguing?
It says in the Bible that I read that we are to let the Holy Spirit do the work. We are to listen to God and plant seeds. We are not the harvester. We are not the judge as to whether a person has "got it" or not.
When I started searching, it wasn't any single person who showed me the truth; it was many and the Holy Spirit. People that argued were immediately "shut out". It was through people just "loving" me that I accepted Jesus as my Lord.
Words and actions are noticed by non-believers all the time. Are you representing Christ or a preconceived notion of how a Christian should act.
Do you know any waiters or waitresses? Ask them about Sundays in their place of employment. Most will tell you that the after church crowd can be the worst. I am told they are mean and demanding and don't usually tip what the norms are. What a great way to show Jesus to the lost.
Here is a bit of advice; empathy should be used. Before you do or speak, put yourself in the other person's shoes. How would you take what you are about to say or do? I sometimes wonder if "Christians" are not the worst enemy of fulfilling the Kingdom.
Here is a prime example: after my Grandson, Jonathan, was killed, I decided I needed a church family. I went to a church and was met by a woman who asked, "Can I help you?". How would you take that question? I know she meant well, but I just wanted to say, "You can't help me, only God can." I instead kept my mouth shut and just found a chair. As I had already accepted Jesus, I didn't take it to heart, but what if I was searching? I probably would have run away from that building as fast as I could.
Sometimes as "Christians" we think it is our job to save the world. It isn't. We are to share, but not beat people up with the Word.
I find just conversing with people, they will bring the subject up and then you can share your faith. Offer a seat the next service, but don't be hurt or angry if the answer is no. God will work on them.
I have learned to just bypass forums and other avenues that try to "fire up" Christians. That is what Satan wants. If you are arguing, you are not showing love.
For anyone to claim atheism is ,to me, a cry for help. I actually don't believe there is any true atheist. Put them in a tough situation and the first words will be help God. Their cry for help is not a cry for a debate or argument. Such bickering will only reinforce their negative thoughts of Christians.
I am sure this hub will probably get responses of both kinds. Good and bad.
How about we consider our words and actions and how they are perceived by the lost. Are you helping people find Jesus or are you driving them far away?
As for the woman who met me at church, we are good friends to this day. We will all make mistakes but learning from those mistakes and not doing them again is key.
Remember, LOVE is the answer-the only answer. You see, God,Jesus,and the Holy Spirit are LOVE.
God's Love= allowing His Son to hang on a Cross for you and me.
Jesus' Love= Willingness to be tortured and killed for you and me only to come back to show us there is life after death.
Holy Spirit's Love= A willingness to still help us even when we falter. Always with us, guiding and nudging.
All thanks to the Holy Trinity.