Do you live in a Christian bubble?
I do. That’s not necessarily a good thing.
My close friends are believers.
I write about God all the time.
I teach Bible studies, and I work for a Christian writing group.
I live in the South! That speaks for itself. There’s a church on every corner.
But God has given me the opportunity to write for a religion publication that covers all religions. I’m one of their “Christian” writers for WilmingtonFAVS. The other writers represent other faiths: Buddhist, Humanist, Hindu, Pagan, Aetheist, Jewish…
As painful as it is at times to write with this plethora of religion writers, it often reminds me of why I believe what I believe.
The other day, our Humanist writer explained his belief system. Once Methodist now Humanist, he shared the American Humanist Association’s definition:
“a rational philosophy informed by science, inspired by art, and motivated by compassion. Affirming the dignity of each human being, it supports liberty and opportunity consonant with social and planetary responsibility. Free of theism and other supernatural beliefs, humanism thus derives the goals of life from human need and interest rather than from theological abstractions, and asserts that humanity must take responsibility for its own destiny.”
I found his beliefs rather intriguing, some even close to Christianity. But this belief system allows no hope of eternal life, and they maintain that we must make our own destiny. Both of these precepts grieve my spirit.
When my colleague writes about Christianity, bitterness etches every word. I have a feeling that somewhere down the line he was hurt deeply by a Christian or many Christians. I confess my own offenses rise when I read his opinions, and I find myself struggling in my response. I want to fight back with words.
Sometimes I do.
But the truth is, God loves this man.
And so should I.
No matter how offensive.
Yet, I must learn to share my faith in love. A good friend also counseled that rather than focusing on “truth” in my conversations with my colleague, I should speak words of life.
I pray I can demonstrate love and speak life to this man and others who do not share my beliefs.
I pray all of us who believe will. For only love changes things.
Our response must be love.
How do you respond to attacks on Christianity?
“But in your hearts always set Christ apart as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect.” (1 Peter 3:15)
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