I was talking with an old friend of mine the other day. This friend happens to be an Atheist. He said something about “hating Christians” and I immediately asked him why? I think he forgot I was a Christian. This resulted in a long conversation in which he brought up these basic points.
Atheists hate Christians because:
- Christianity disregards reason and science
- Christians hate everyone who is different i.e. (homosexuals / other religions)
- Christians press their morals on others
- Christians are hypocritical
- Christians are judgmental
All of his complaints are the exact opposite of what Christians should strive for. I defended my faith at every turn and gave defenses to every one of his points. He then defended by citing certain examples form the Internet and books.
After a while I became a bit despondent because I realized he was (at least partially) correct. Today I’ve been trolling different “Christian” blogs on the Internet and have come across so much hatred, homophobia, xenophobia, etc. When you throw in political issues in the Middle-East or social issues like homosexuality the situation gets even worse.
Often times I think Christians have good intentions but our belief and passion comes across as fear and hate instead of the faith and love that Christ commanded.
What Kind of Christian will you be?
People who don’t share our faith or aren’t familiar with the Scriptures may misinterpret what you say. Most Christians that I know try to be good people but obviously (as a group) we often end up sending the wrong message. I won’t bother quoting the truck-load of Scripture written about peace and love—if you’re familiar with the Bible you know what I’m talking about. My advice: put down Revelations and pick of the Gospels now and then—the example of Christ is the most powerful thing we have!