Christians are a bunch of haters! They tell everybody that you can’t do this and you can’t do that and this is wrong and that is wrong and that if you don’t change the things you do………you’re going to hell!
Is that true? Are Christians just a bunch of haters? It’s definitely the prevailing perception. What’s the Bible say about how Christians, followers of the Way, believers in Christ are to conduct themselves and interact with others?
Matthew 5:43 You have heard people say, “Love your neighbors and hate your enemies.” 44 But I tell you to love your enemies and pray for anyone who mistreats you.
John 13:34 But I am giving you a new command. You must love each other, just as I have loved you. 35 If you love each other, everyone will know that you are my disciples.
Colossians 4:5 Walk in wisdom toward outsiders, making the best use of the time.6 Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you ought to answer each person.
Titus 2:7 Show yourself in all respects to be a model of good works, and in your teaching show integrity, dignity, 8 and sound speech that cannot be condemned, so that an opponent may be put to shame, having nothing evil to say about us.
Ephesians 4:14 that we should no longer be children, tossed to and fro and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, in the cunning craftiness of deceitful plotting, 15 but, speaking the truth in love, may grow up in all things into Him who is the head—Christ
Christians should NOT be known as purveyors of “Hate Speech” . We are to speak the truth in love. Breaking apart Ephesians 4:15, we are to do three things:
1. We are to speak (you cannot remain silent)
2. We are to speak the truth (lies will not help and cannot save)
3. We are to speak the truth in love. (your message will not be heard if it’s not presented in a humble, loving manner)
The problem is that far too often the vocal Christians are either not speaking the truth or they are not speaking in a loving manner. As followers of Christ we are to be known by our love! How are you doing in this area of your life?