How annoying is it to hear people complain about Christians being “uptight”. If anyone has seen the movie “Easy A”, you know exactly what I’m talking about. The Christian girl in that movie was seen as a narcissistic, holier-than-though Christian who no one really liked except for other the Christians. Sadly, there are plenty of Christians like this today. Christians who only want to associate with other believers. Ones that act like they are better than anyone who doesn’t believe like them. If you’ve ever encountered a Christian like that (or been a Christian like that), then please know this is not how we are meant to be.
In 1 Peter 3:15-17, I believe it addresses this issue very well. “But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect, keeping a clear conscience, so that those who speak maliciously against your good behavior in Christ may be ashamed of their slander.” 1 Peter 3:15-16.
Here we see how Christians are really meant to present themselves among nonbelievers. Not as selfish, narcissistic hypocrites, but as loving people. Two words here I feel stand out on there own: gentleness and respect. Gently showing love and respectively honoring their beliefs, without shoving yours down their throats. I could go on an on about the idea of “shoving your beliefs down someone’s throat”, but instead I’ll simply say this: some people will see any evangelism as shoving your beliefs down their throats, so just stick doing it according to scripture and let others receive it as they will.
Moving on in this passage, Peter tells us to keep a clear conscience. Those who continue to speak against us even in our good behavior in Christ (those people I mentioned earlier that will see even the most loving of witnesses as just showing their beliefs down your throat) should be ashamed. They are in the wrong and God will deal with them accordingly. You should not be ashamed of your witness, rather continue living a prayerful life and allowing God to straighten out any flaws. Not letting someone’s malicious words affect you.
So share the love of Christ in a loving, uplifting way. Never let yourself become conceited because we are all sinners saved by the same Savior. No one is better, no one is worse. Jesus loves us all the same so love others all the same. Build up the Kingdom, don’t leave in the walls of the church!
what if tonight you were laying in bed really sad and lonely and then all of the sudden the fictional character you are in love with just knocked on your window like in peter pan and then you guys stayed up all night chattering and being best friends and cuddling
“He loves it. He first showed this stuff to me last year. Somebody told him about this thing called tumblr. We didn’t know what the hell Tumblr was, but someone said, “You should look on this,” so we did, and one day, he just said to me, “You’ve got to see this because there are people putting my body on, like, the heads of cats!” And I said ok, and then he said “And Ben’s like a cat, and I’m like a hedgehog, and they’re comparing me to hedgehogs, and it’s quite cute!” And we would just sit there, laughing.”—
Amanda Abbington, on Martin Freeman’s reaction to Tumblr
Whenever I watch the Harry Potter movies, or read the books, everytime food shows up I suddenly become starving. It’s the weirdest thing. Like, I can watch other movies and read other books, but none of them make me crave food. Ok, random post over.