Why Oppose a Christian?
I am often fascinated by the attitude that unbelievers have toward Christians. Not that this attitude is any surprise to God: “Do not be surprised, my brothers, if the world hates you” (1 John 3:13). I’m glad that’s in there because I have a hard time not being surprised. I was reading the other day about how Chick-fil-A treated an exhausted homeless man asking for scraps. I suppose the manager must have been a Christian because he asked if he could pray for the man. Which he did – and then fed him a lunch off the menu. Awesome story, I enjoyed reading about it. But then I made my classic mistake. I started reading the comments section. I don’t know why I do that to myself… The first commenter stated in no uncertain terms that religion should be kept in the church building and out of restaurants. The rest of the page was people agreeing with him. Happy feeling gone.
But why? Why would someone be afraid of or opposed to a genuine Christian person? I mean, what’s the worst a Christian is going to do to you? Tell you about their faith? If you want… you can say no, so what’s the big deal? Someone who has forsaken God could possibly (with a clear conscience) rob you, hate you, use you, lie to you, hurt you, or even kill you. And you’re afraid of the Christian? THAT’S the guy you want to see go away? THAT’S the guy you want to be quiet? Yes, and I think that’s evidence of the truth of our message. The Bible teaches us that there is a spiritual war going on between good and evil. The attitude we see in the world doesn’t make sense unless this is true. It just doesn’t make sense to oppose the guy who feeds the hungry and loves the broken unless good and evil are a very real thing. “Do not be like Cain, who belonged to the evil one and murdered his brother. And why did he murder him? Because his own actions were evil and his brother’s were righteous” (1 John 3:12). Brothers and sisters, I encourage you to turn from evil and do what is right. Not everyone will love you for it, but you will have a reward in heaven.