By Lisa Cherry
Venomous, hateful words are targeted at Christians regularly—words that are meant to immobilize and silence us.
Your kids are witnessing this hostility too. Have you talked with them?
Perhaps you saw the post that went viral last week called “The one thing Christians should stop saying.”
Even if you got in on the debate on this article, you may not have noted some of the comments it generated such as....
“There are so many things that christians should stop saying... One is that homosexuality is a "lifestyle." Another one is that the bible is god's word. Another one is that they know god's will. Another one is "love the sinner, hate the sin." Another one is that, if you can't prove the nonexistence of god, god exists. I think it would just be better if the christians stopped being christians and became responsible and well informed adults."
“Actually, Christians should stop saying a lot of things. They should consider getting their vocal cords removed, so that humanity may progress without their outdated ideals.”
Wow! How do those comments line up with the word "tolerance" ?
Some are claiming they were "offended" by the scripture declaration.
You would think that an organization named “Military Religious Freedom Foundation” would defend a Christian’s right to express his/her faith.
But Founder and Director Mikey Weinstein says that the cadet’s actions “poured fundamentalist Christian gasoline on an already raging out-of-control conflagration of fundamentalist Christian tyranny, exceptionalism and supremacy …”
He also compared the posting of the Bible verses to “racism.”
Is our world changing quickly or what?
I think it is very important that we help our kids prepare for the venom of hatred coming our way as we stand firm for Jesus Christ.
What can we do to help our kids? Here are 6 ideas:
1. Talk about the news frequently with your kids. Help them to understand these types of expressions within the context of what Jesus promised us in John 15:18
If the world hates you, keep in mind that it hated Me first.
3. Begin to pray for courage to stand as a family. Use scripture prayers, as God's word is our power! See Joshua 1:9.
4. Provide a time of "debriefing" where your kids feel comfortable to share their most difficult moments. They will feel most open to share after you as a parent share first.
5. Consider the increased persecution and pressure as an adventure....not a tragedy. Obviously, we are not happy about it, but we have been called to the Kingdom for just such a time as this.
6. Begin to study our book and DVD curriculum called Not Open: Win the Invisible Spiritual Culture War. Buy it here at our store. Don’t miss chapter 14, which is...."I Will Hate and Be Hated"
What other practical ideas would you suggest as we see the days growing increasingly hostile?