These are a few of the groups being vilified by:
- The education establishment
- The media
- Entertainment industry
- Liberals with hateful words and actions
They are filled with hate.
So, as Christians, how do we respond?
We are taught a Scripture to “love our enemies,” even “those who persecute us.”
We see this loving attitude throughout Scripture.
We see it with Jesus.
Here are three principles we stand on:
1. It all starts with the truth. Our positions and beliefs need to be in accordance with Scripture. We believe in objective truth, not relativism. There is right. There is wrong. We operate our beliefs – political and religious – based on a Christian worldview.
As Alan Shlemon, a speaker for Stand to Reason, writes:
“In Matthew 9:35-36, Jesus is going through all the towns and villages, healing diseases and sickness, and proclaiming the good news of the Kingdom. Matthew writes, ‘Seeing the people, He felt compassion for them, because they were distressed and dispirited like a sheep without a shepherd.’
“Notice the order. Jesus learns the truth and then is motivated by compassion. He sees the people are distressed, dispirited and like sheep without a shepherd. And because of that truth, He is driven to compassion.”
As Christians, we have a different response than the world’s anger and hate. We must speak truth, not half-truths, not emotions.
2. We see others as God sees them. When we start our beliefs, words and actions based on truth, justice and compassion, we must treat those who oppose or oppress us as people created in the image of God. They are inherently valuable. They are loved by God. We must show compassion and love, despite what they say or do.
3. Your reaction to hate – the love of Jesus. This changes our words and actions towards those who oppose us. Don’t return hate for hate. We just know they desperately need Jesus. It makes you a true ambassador for Christ.
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