Fools give full vent to their rage but the wise bring calm in the end.Proverbs 29:11
Good morning everyone and welcome to another installment of Radically Saved! I want to thank each of you that have prayed for my family this week as my Bride had to endure another surgery. She is home now and resting but it breaks my heart to see her continually have to go through this stuff. God is good though and is getting her through it. So, thanks again and keep those prayers coming!
Since my Twitter account has taken off in recent weeks, I have way more exposure to things that I used to never see. One of those things is an anger that is frustrating to see. Now I’m not talking about the “left” or the “liberals”, “atheists”, whichever label you want to give them; no this anger is from self professed Christian Brothers and Sisters. Friends, this is disturbing…
For example, yesterday I posed this question (which admittedly was for a dual purpose, one to get a genuine answer, but also to see the level of disdain people would have who did not agree with their position).
“Which of the following do you believe in”
- Pre-Trib Rapture
- Post-Trib Rapture
- No Rapture
As expected this question, at least to me, revealed a lot of hearts. Not because of their answer but because of their reaction. For many it was almost like people were questioning one’s salvation if they did not agree with their answer. (Most answered Pre-trib as expected). It also showed a level of closed mindedness that I would not expect from a Believer in Christ.
Friends, no matter what you believe about the Rapture, it is still a THEORY. A theory I might add that was not even discussed until fairly recently on the Spiritual timeline. So chances are we are ALL wrong about the events that include Jesus’ Return for His Bride.
So why the anger and hostility? Are we all so educated and smart when it comes to Scripture that there is NO chance that you could be wrong on your position? Now if we were discussing the fact that Jesus is the Son of God I would say yes! There is no discussion on that! But this is something that none of us truly understands, YET, our anger is way out of control here.
Its not just this topic either, so many think they are “experts” in the field and when they are challenged, they turn into the character above. Is this an attribute of Christ? Do you not think Jesus was challenged on the validity of His claims? Did He ever once start a fight or insult others based on their disagreement with Him? No and neither should we…
So, in closing, two things:
- Even if you feel strongly about a position you have, never be so closed minded that you can’t be teachable. Only One person was perfect and its not you or me.
- Always respond to others that disagree with you in love. Believe it or not, even in this crazy world, two people can disagree with each other and still be respectful.
Friends, today let us fall more in love with Jesus Christ than ever before. And in doing so, let us be more like Him in ways we may have thought impossible before. Let the world see that we are truly different, that we have the very Light of God Himself in us, and that we are approachable for positions that may differ from theirs. Just because someone does not live their faith exactly like you do, does not make it any less real. Amen?