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Unfortunately, that was not the case for many of the Christians who commented. Some of them were down right insult-ing. That disturbed me because I believe an attitude like that really hurts the Christian witness. Others made commentsthat were just plain ignorant. They made rash belief statements without being able to back them up in any way. Now, Iappreciate the fact that these folks had faith in God, but insulting and ignorant statements are not going to have anycredibility with people who are of the other persuasion.As Christians, if we want to be good witnesses in situations like this, there are two things we are going to have to takecare of. First of all, we have to have the right attitude. We have to show respect to other people – not agree with their viewpoint, just respect them as persons. Secondly, we have to know our stuff. Let’s look at this a bit and see if we cancome to an understanding of how we can make these things a reality in our lives.
The Right Attitude
Jesus was very clear in teaching that the ends do not justify the means. He clearly taught that we are to be kind, consid-erate, humble and meek. He did not even approve of Peter trying to protect him by using the sword when the mob cameto take him away. We must understand that God is holy and that serving him requires holiness on our part – even if thatbrings some kind of personal disadvantage. As an example, it is not okay to kill abortion doctors, even though they areresponsible for the deaths of many babies. We must oppose them in other ways. Jesus clearly said, “The meek shall in-herit the earth.” Jesus meant that as we share a gospel which opponents find offensive, we must, ourselves, be willing toendure injury with patience and without resentment. It involves both humility and constraint.
Know Your Stuff
But we also need to understand that meekness does not mean weakness. We are not called upon to simply allow our faith to be walked on. Jesus wasn’t that way. He often stood up to the Pharisees and other religious leaders. He onceeven went so far as to violently drive merchants out of the temple.
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