So there is an article that Klove had on there website, I clicked on it and was just intrigued by the title itself. Let’s discuss this shall we.
Seven Common Comments Non-Christians Make About Christians
By Thom S. Rainer , Christian Post Guest Columnist
——————————————————————————————————————————————————-For the most part, Rainer, makes it clear how he likes to understand both sides of faith/no faith. I also agree and from the seven most stated comments by ‘no faith’ people I seem to see and yet I don’t seem to grasp it.
1. Christians are against more things than they are for. “It just seems to me that Christians are mad at the world and mad at each other. They are so negative that they seem unhappy. I have no desire to be like them and stay upset all the time.”
This one for me was quite an odd ball to get through. I see where people are coming from when they say this but at the same time I also think, “They must be looking for something less than normal.” Let me explain: Back in the day, (lets say any reform period except the 20th century and on.) people stick for the same things that Christians stood for, the only thing was to them it was probably common sense not to do certain things and to Christians it probably was the same as common sense but yet it’s a set of common sense placed as the law. Plus, Aren’t there other people out there who are always upset, like politicians for one. Always debating.
Though this one kind of had me thinking more: “What kind of ‘Christians’ are you observing?” Christians, believe it or not, are like normal people. We have problems and if you seem to catch us at the wrong time and see that we become unglued just like everyone else, then you will know that it isn’t just us. But there is a thing to know, It is the belief system in us that sets a really tough boundary: Since we in Christ are separated from the world we know that Satan will try to take us down if we aren’t on guard, so if it does look like we can’t hold it down then do know that there is a supernatural battle going on. Then it is also as it is if you don’t believe in Christ and acknowledge what he has done for you because he loved you then yo are apart of the world that Satan had control of.
Take this into consideration: “Why would Satan trouble those he already has?”
I see it as: he isn’t going to mess with you if you don’t believe in Jesus. His job is to distract you from Christ so you never see the light.
2. I would like to develop a friendship with a Christian. “I’m really interested in what they believe and how they carry out their beliefs. I wish I could find a Christian that would be willing to spend some time with me.”
This I can understand. I know so many Christians and I think about it I have been invited ‘on the side’. Example. As we would be talk they say, “Yeah, you should come.” and that’s it, nothing else to involve you to coming just a sentence to enhance the conversation. And I am not good person in this subject at all. I find it hard to talk to new people, and I am incredibly shy, though around my immediate family I am not. Yet, (this might be a topic in context) I believe it is a double sided thing. If you don’t express yourself to the fullest, how can any one person know how much you desire something.
I believe it takes one sentence. “Would you mind teaching me more about Christianity?” You know simple sentences like that. If someone was to ask me that, it would blow me away. In all sincerity; it takes two to tango.
3. I would like to learn about the Bible from a Christian. “The Bible really fascinates me, but I don’t want to go to a stuffy and legalistic church to learn about it. I would be nice if a Christian invited me to study the Bible in his home or at a place like Starbucks.”
In all the world, I wouldn’t dare subject anyone to the torment of a ‘stuffy and legalistic church’! That would be torment. As a christian it is seriously binding. So I wouldn’t dare do that to any one else. I, myself, have been in situations like these and after it really just seems like a dying effort to try and be with God after this. Though this is a thing that seems to have grown a lot over the years. Church buildings becoming a bit to bloated and in-digested. Though, I haven’t been invited to bible study before, I have been invited to prayer nights. I too would like to see more invitations to bible study.
How about I start! Check out this post: https://anniebsweets.wordpress.com/2012/09/14/obs-online-bible-study/
4. I don’t see much difference in the way Christians live compared to others. “I really can’t tell what a Christian believes because he doesn’t seem much different than other people I know. The only exception would be Mormons. They really seem to take their beliefs seriously.”
This is one of those, “hmm, I guess I understand.” And you know it’s sad because in the bible it said that we as Christians should stand apart from the world. Basically stating don’t do evil or anything that will harm one another. And yet the topic or Mormons are very dry and lethal topic… it would be wise not to get into an argument about it, but for one they don’t follow the Bible it self, but an actual book of Mormons.
5. I wish I could learn to be a better husband, wife, dad, mom, etc., from a Christian. “My wife is threatening to divorce me, and I think she means it this time. My neighbor is a Christian, and he seems to have it together. I am swallowing my pride and asking him to help me.”
That is a nice thing to do. If we can all swallow our pride wouldn’t it be the best thing in this world. We would all be friendly and happy to actually lend a helping hand. Though, there is something hidden in this text. ‘My neighbor is a Christian, and he seems to have it together.’ Now, I am not trying to justify or un-clarify, but this is a statement I hear a lot or read a lot and it is completely wrong. There will be times we have it together but like normal people, which we are, there are time when we will have problems. I said earlier it take two to tango and in a relationship it isn’t about one person, you, it is also about you’re intended spouse or other half.
It takes time for people to actually get into a place where love will be the only thing to be in the middle of there relationship. With out God to plant it there, how can anything work when we aren’t exactly the perfect sowers?
6. Some Christians try to act like they have no problems. “Harriett works in my department. She is one of those Christians who seem to have a mask on. I would respect her more if she didn’t put on such an act. I know better.”
As I said in the later post, It would all be better if we could drown our pride and kill it, basically. No one likes a person who is fake and this goes both ways, whether we are Christian or not. But you see, because Christians are supposed to ‘be‘ like a statement to the world, they seem to get the blunt effect of it all and in reality even though Christians should know better it is a common sense thing, no one should do it. You don’t make friends that way and it rubs people wrong. I, especially, feel bad when people do it to me, as if they don’t want to be my friend or do it because they are trying to state something in laymen terms that I really on’t get.
7. I wish a Christian would take me to his or her church. “I really would like to visit a church, but I’m not particularly comfortable going by myself. What is weird is that I am 32-years old, and I’ve never had a Christian invite me to church in my entire life.”
Okay, that’s a serious problem. I say, if you passe the age of twenty or twenty-five and NO one has invited you to church or a little bible study or even a little bible/christian book club get together, then there is definitely something wrong. This is where the finger gets pointed both ways. Saying something like this actually does profess the lack of ‘shown love and care’ that is dying down, from fellow Christians. And yet, if you really want to be invited and you believe it id high time that something got moving, you better start moving!
Don’t sit and wait especially in these days were love has flown out the window and is taken for granted. Do what you need to do in order to get there.You know a couple of good friends who are well Christians and you seem to like the way they live there lives and would love to know if you could find that same grace and mercy, how about, you ask them. Do it, gather some strength and muster that closet full of courage you’ve been saving for the right time and get down to the nitty gritty. Do it. Go and ask, get up call, go to the door, just do it. You never know when a perfect opportunity will come around again or how quickly it will.
Sometimes I want to believe that, I, being a Christian can really top the charts of my most valuable record and can do anything I put my mind to, yet I, like every other person out there Christian or not, want to succumb to my fluffy bed and lay there in hiding till the gray clouds pass, hoping that the other side has a big beautiful sun and maybe some chocolate candy waiting to cheer me up.
The problem that seems so hard to address isn’t really a big problem. People instantly become abrasive when religion comes into context and it shouldn’t be that way. Take it from me, read the Bible to really understand the way you need to. Everyone is different and can interpret the word differently for them selves and not for you.
God gave us to choose good over evil, to choose Jesus or the world. Now I understand for people who aren’t sure of their faith or have no faith would probably want to say, “Well what is the right way and which way is the wrong way?” This is were you’re journey starts. (Might be cliche, but…) The beginning is when you decided to really take on the challenge. What if I challenged you to read the bible for thirty days? Would you do it? What if we start off a little slower? Take the Klove thirty day challenge, listen to Klove for 30 days and please do tell me you’re experience. I took it and It brought m closer to God. All I am really asking is that you listen to ‘positive,encouraging’ music 24/7. Yup, all day long, all night long if you’re awake. Now you don’t have to listen if you’re home, but do know that if you are in a car, tune the channel to you’re local Klove station: http://www.klove.com/music/radio-stations/radio-station-download.aspx .
Every morning while you leave for work or school or even just an out time… If you jog every morning get your mp3, Walkman, phone, apple device, what ever you can to download the Klove app or tune to the station, just jam out with the different melodies. I know you won’t be disappointed.
If you need someone to talk to as I sometimes do too, leave me a message here. You can actually give me a private message I believe. You don’t have to run the race alone. I’ll be there running with you and so are many others.
Do tell, What do you think, How do you understand?