Sunday, March 27, 2011
EVIL IN THE NAME OF CHRIST
EVIL IN THE NAME OF CHRIST
ONE SISTER HAD A CONCERN ABOUT MY POST: “HE WHO SEEKS TO SAVE HIS LIFE WILL LOSE IT.” Her concerns were valid, and I want to address them here:
Let's make clear that we are talking here to those who claim to be Christians. The name itself has come to mean nothing, as it is used for any who sit in a "Christian church", or who list Christianity as their "religion of choice".
I am speaking to those who claim Christ, yet have not become His bondservants, wholly given to Him. His servants and true followers do not mount religious crusades to win lands and fortunes. His true disciples give their lives for others!
The truth is this: paganism means godlessness. However, Scripture teaches us that when men don’t know Christ, yet love, show kindness, and give themselves to others, show that they know God to a certain extent. John says this in his first letter. Paul says it in Romans, when he says that those who've never heard the gospel, but who follow the laws of God in their hearts show that these commands (Love God and love your neighbor) have been written in all mankind's hearts in some ways. God is love, and if we know Him, we have love for others.
It is our privilege to live lives full of the love and purity of Christ, so that those many pagans who live around us can see Him, and be drawn to Him.
True disciples never look down upon those who don't know Christ. They are humble, and consider others better than themselves.
The very real problem is the name Christianity has been linked to various terrible acts by some evil men who used the name of Christ to justify their evil. They were not of Christ.
No self-righteousness here. Only Christ, and His humility, and His love for this sad, lonely, broken, pagan world. Look at the suffering around us, and the lack of hope in the world.
When the pagans revile us, and hate us for the name of Christ, what should we do? We should love, as Christ commanded us. His love for the world, laying down his life for us when we were godless sinners, is our example. So should we lay down our lives for the world.
Thank you for your passionate comments. May the Lord Jesus Christ guide us into His truth, and may we not compromise our walk with the watered-down half-truths being thrown around out there in the name of Christ today in many places.
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