I would just like to really express my deepest regret for those who have not received the gospel through the rantings of many angry people who say they “preach” the wrath of God. I was walking on campus today to here a lady holding a sign that says “You’re going to hell!” while yelling that people are sodomites. If anyone as actually met a christian or read the bible, they would know this is not the behavior that Jesus asked of his followers.
A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another, just as I have loved you, you are to love one another. By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.
But the Bible makes it clear that God’s judgement is just, but as Christians we are taught to only hold those accountable that are believers already. We are to love the sinner as Christ has loved us, and I do pray for all those people whose anger was kindled or have eschewed Christianity because of the unloving way it is portrayed now and then by people who completely missed the point.
I pray for those people two, who are so caught up in their own anger that they themselves are blind to the gospel. To them I would share this verse that is known by many non-believers (though sometimes taken out of context)
1 Corinthians 13:4-8
Love is PATIENT, love is KIND; love does not envy or boast; it is NOT ARROGANT or RUDE. It does not insist on its own way it is NOT IRRITABLE or RESENTFUL, it does not rejoice in wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes al things, hopes all things and endures all things. Love never ends. As for prophecies, they will pass away; as for tongues, they will cease; as for knowledge, it will pass away.
I wonder if those people (I am afraid to call them brother or sister in Christ) would be rejoicing of hypothetically, everyone believed in the gospel…something to think about….I would believe that wouldn’t satisfy them.
Don’t let a few people deter you from truth…that you are “a beloved child of God” and He is waiting not to judge, but to forgive…