A month or so ago I wrote a post about infighting and arguing with non-christians. The point of which was, you know, don’t.
There is a big reason why we do feel the urge to defend our faith, though. In fact, I would say if you don’t ever feel the need to defend something that supposedly has drastically changed your life and your worldview, you probably do not really believe what you claim.
For example, I truly believe that Hot Rod starring Andy Samburg is the most hilarious movie ever. In my opinion, it cannot be topped. For fans of the movie, I need you to know that I tried to ultimate punch somebody last night.
Like the main character, I donned a mustache for a few days. And Rod was right, I did feel way manlier.
If some ignorant dummy were to tell me that Hot Rod is, in fact, not funny at all, I would engage in an extremely long debate. I will first break down most of the funnier moments, and eventually land on attacking the nay-sayer’s personality. This person clearly does not have a sense of humor. And I would watch it again, for what would be my 19th time.
Now, that was just a movie. Surely you see where I’m going with this, and I realize my example is largely framed by my personality, so let me elaborate just a little more. Survivors of cancer, are you going to let people you love not get checked? You who have lost people in car accidents due to something preventable like drunk driving or not wearing a seatbelt- are you going to remain silent when you witness someone getting behind the wheel without any precautions?
If you, who know the consequences of remaining stationary directly in the path of a speeding train, see anyone sitting in the tracks as the train comes barreling down, are you not going to try to get that person away from the danger at any cost?
There is a reason I feel the need to defend my faith, to argue with other Christians who are screwing things up: I absolutely believe the salvation of people I love is at stake.
But most people don’t want to believe they could have cancer. Most can’t imagine that the deadly car accident would happen to them.
And when you’ve got a crowd of folks angrily shouting at you to get off the tracks, tracks that you may not even think exist, you certainly aren’t going to receive that news well. If it were me standing there, in the tracks I don’t see, I would very quickly become enraged with the group barking orders at me about how to use my life. I would probably even dare them a little by marching directly into the danger only they apparently see. If I had been living peacefully, being a good person, drinking green tea all day, it would be even more upsetting that they point out the devil in me.
So, Christians, listen: I know how urgent salvation is. I do. But barking at other people doesn’t work. We have to lay our lives down and love on them as much as possible. We have to step into the danger and live there with them until they believe us and are willing to look for a way to step off the tracks.
Non-Christians, atheists, those of you burned by faith, listen: I am sorry. Yes, what we have done can be downright offensive. Some of the “Christian” actions you’ve endured are largely misdirected and inappropriate. I know. And I’m sorry.
But some mean well. We truly want to save you. We love you. I love you. And I absolutely believe God loves you.
I hereby pledge to live in danger, to entangle my life with those who entirely do not match my belief system. I will avoid making my life safer, cleaner, more protected by the pastel walls of a white-Jesus church. I prefer so much to live as long as I can on the tracks with those who need to know where they are.
Christians- join me? We cannot just preach at them anymore.
Non-believers- Feel free to see this as an argument, as a disagreement or fight. It is my job not to.
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