Christians Being REALLY Controversial

Some christians have this militant, hostile way of preaching the word of God and evangelising which I believe is the total opposite of Gods love. Now some people will disagree with this and that’s also fine, but  I saw something the other day that really bothered me. It was a group of Christians basically preaching hate to people and holding signs saying “God hates Fags” and “You’re Going To Hell” and I was amazed (just to add too a matter or smoking or not smoking doesn’t mean you can’t be accepted by God and certainly doesn’t determine you salvation!). I thought to myself, if I didn’t know God was real for myself and I was looking in from the outside what would I think?

Just ask yourselves that for a second… Well I know what I would think, I would think that God hates me and that I have no chance of redeeming myself. Is that the message we are trying to spread here?! They were preaching a message of death, when God declares us to preach the GOOD NEWS! For sinners to point fingers at sinners and think they are somewhat better is so underwhelming. Did God tell these people that they are any better than others? Did he tell them to preach in such a way that gives him a bad and evil image? I don’t think so. The lack of love is what is the problem here…

God is a God of love and we have to let others know this. We can’t keep bible-bashing people and talking down to them like we are judging them. People will notice this and create an unhealthy stigma attached to Christianity and God. That’s not what Jesus is about. The fact that he died on the cross for us should be enough to declare how much he loves us all! I believe these Christians are very much one-sided and they only see God’s rage and anger, directed at others and they behave as if they are perfect which they are far from as  you can see with this kind of approach! They have created their own religion in a way that only accepts their  views and their ways and anyone that thinks any different is an enemy. What they don’t understand is that all that anger and hate they are directing at others will be directed back to them on the day of judgement for their lack of love and obedience to his word.

We can also tell from their hatred that they are not having a close relationship with God, because he would show them that they desperately need to change if he was truly open to them. If they showed a little love maybe they would get something back other than angry retaliations and hate mail.  Maybe people would actually want to speak to them and understand, more importantly what Jesus is about. I pray that God opens their eyes and shows them they are wrong so they too can be saved by the grace of God. For people to be drawn to us, they have to see a reflection of God (love) and that’s what makes a difference right? Please comment and follow the blog, would love to hear views and comments!

God bless you Guys!

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Being Controversial…

Some people are very direct and straightforward but to the point of being rude. Or they say things that the average person wouldn’t say in public that might cause offence, but hey. We should speak our minds right? Now I’m not saying there’s anything wrong with speaking our minds, and that we shouldn’t be honest but saying things that might cause offence to others might be a little tricky to deal with, I mean let’s think about how others might feel if we say certain things. I believe there’s a way to say what we mean in a respectful and thoughtful way no matter what it is. We shouldn’t just go blurting out things, we should keep a tight leash on out mouths as the bible says, before we fall into sin.

An amazing paradox though, Jesus was very controversial in his life, but not because he was being rude but because of the truth he spoke, and the unbelief from others then made it controversial and hard for people to take. Jesus teached in a way that no one did, and that’s what made the people shocked. He exposed them for their sin and hypocrisy but then he spoke of his loves and grace for those that would take in his truth. Sometimes even we ourselves and christians will come across as being controversial, because of the word of God and we have to stand for the truth, but as long as we keep or conduct about his word, there is no shame in this!

I’ve come across some shocking people in my life that just say things that are really not called for and there are reasons. Sometimes it’s for attention, they believe in the motto, any attention is good attention, while other times it’s more genuine, but prehaps less thought out. Even reading some of these controversial blogs just make me think, in a way to hear people like this allows ourselves to deal with things better. The word of God teaches us not to be offend and what better practice can we have than speaking to these people and learning how to peacefully converse or disagree right? It’s so amazing was reading the other day God puts certain people in our lives tp better us. Remember this. May Gods grace and love be with you. Please comment, I’m welcome to hear views!! 🙂

Local Evangelising: Meeting with Daniel the Ex-Sniper

A few months ago, me and my mother were witnessing in our local area and came across a man who was openly against God, blaming him for what he had been through in his life. He was an ex armed sniper, someone who was trained to kill and take shot at threatening targets in Afghanistan, but was removed. Amazingly, by the wisdom of god, my mom managed to convert his whole way of thinking in just an hour of speaking about the love of Christ! I was totally amazed, I couldn’t believe how lucky I was to be witnessing something so life changing as someone realising their salvation and Gods incredible love for them, from having such a negative approach at first.

When we had finished talking, he was willing to allow God back into his life, (as his parents were Christians and were working as preachers overseas) and just became really optimistic and understanding about Gods intentions and love for him. A few weeks after this, we had heard that things had gone wrong for him, he had been having family problems and even worse, he was now homeless. We called and had a chat with him to see how he was and what exactly was happening…

We were really concerned for Daniel and started praying to God that he would support and look after him. He continued to stay in contact with us and let us know how he was doing, which was great and that just reassured us that he was still trying to seek God. After a month, we got a text from him saying that he had got a flat just around the corner from us and that he was okay and getting control of his life. We had arranged to meet him and he very kindly invited us to his house for a “cuppa” yesterday which was amazing. When we got in, he greeted us and shows us around his flat, offering us drinks which was also very nice. So we asked how he got the house so soon, we knew we were praying for him, but I honestly didn’t expect to see things sorted this quickly! We told him we were looking out and praying for him and he told us he knew that God had been working in the situation, which we were so pleased to hear! He told us he had also been praying that things would be okay and they were getting better. I was so interested to hear about his story in the army and what he was going through. The first time we met, he had been riddled with guilt because of the people he had taken the lives of, and that’s why he was angry at God because he thought he didn’t deserve forgiveness. He thought God was angry with him and would never forgive him for what he had done. He had also suffered with Post Traumatic Stress disorder, having nightmares about what happened and was almost relieved to hear that God wasn’t angry at him, but loved him and forgave him for his sin because he was at the stage of repentance. I could see he was shocked and surprised to hear of Gods beautiful mercy.

While we were at his house, he explained that he now knew what he needed to do and that he would do whatever it took to build on his relationship with God, which was great to hear. We were welcome to come around anytime and we agreed to give him a bible and carry on helping him through if he needed. The nightmares have stopped for about two months now, we all knew that God had done yet another amazing thing. It was so good to see God at work in someone’s life and that we had been a part of that. It was a really successful outcome! It’s a real encouragement to see this and I hope everyone gains the confidence to step out for Christ, including myself!

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