It seems that Christians are getting a bad rap these days. When a Christians states a moral belief, they are often accused of being hateful, bigoted, or just plain rude. Yes, there are some so-called Christians who use the Bible as a club for beating “lesser” people over the head. I am not talking about those Chrstians. That’s a discussion for another time. I’m talking about Christians who passionately believe the Bible, show love to others, and yet are maligned and accused of despicable motives.
Let’s look at this through an analogy…
A woman discovers she has terminal cancer. She suffers the ravages of surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation. Her hair has fallen out and she is a shell of her former self. One day, she meets a doctor who gives her a new treatment that not only removes the cancer, but it also restores her health and vitality. No longer is she handicapped by pain. She is now vibrant and full of energy. In fact, she can never remember feeling such life and joy.
Do you think this woman should keep this miracle cure to herself? Or should she tell everyone she knows about this amazing doctor who healed her and rescued her from a certain death? Duh. Of course she should tell everyone she knows.
Is she hateful for telling other cancer patients that they should visit her doctor? Is she cruel for reminding them of their terminal disease? Is she bigoted for labeling them as cancer victims? No!! She is being loving for reaching out to them so that they can experience the same healing that she has. She wants this blessing to be experienced by as many as possible!
Now let’s make the connection…
Our sin-guilt is like a cancer. Every mistake we have made, every wrong we have committed eats at us like a cancer. Sometimes the cancer lies dormant as though in remission, when suddenly the guilt pounces upon us. It eats away at our souls. It robs us of happiness. It is a cloud of gloom and unworthiness that hovers over us. Our guilt fills us with discouragement and makes us feel like we are drowning. We can silence it for short periods with pleasure, busy-ness, addictions…but it always returns, more fierce than before.
Then we meet the great Physician. We bring our burdened souls to him. He examines the cancer, cuts it out expertly and gives us a healthy soil in place of the one eaten up by our guiltiness. Suddenly, the sky is bluer, our blessings sweeter, our step lighter, and our face is radiant with joy. The healthy soul seeps through our eyes, our words, and our actions. The difference is so unmistakable that others take notice.
They ask us what happened.
Is it hateful to tell them about our miraculous healing?
Or is it hateful to keep it to ourselves?
So when a real Christian tells you about their God, they are not being hateful or condemning. They are not looking down on you. They are sharing with you the greatest thing that every happened to them. They want you to enjoy it, too.
“And [Jesus] came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up. And as was his custom, he went to the synagogue on the Sabbath day, and he stood up to read. And the scroll of the prophet Isaiah was given to him. He unrolled the scroll and found the place where it was written,
“‘The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim liberty to the captives and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.’
“And he rolled up the scroll and gave it back to the attendant and sat down. And the eyes of all in the synagogue were fixed on him. And he began to say to them, ‘Today this Scripture has been fulfilled in your hearing.’”
Luke 4:16-21 ESV
Wouldn’t YOU want to share this good news, too??