Are Christians right when they say Christians only are right?
Christian faith is misunderstood more often. You may be identified as a ‘Christian’, but you may not be christian. Those who have, at one point of time, believed in Jesus Christ and accepted Him as their personal Saviour into their hearts and started living according to the instructions of the Bible are only Christians. So, it is possible and true that the society may identify you as a ‘Christian’ and you may not probably be a Christian.
Decades back, Indian commercial movie producers used to choose a Christian name for a villain or a bad character since the film makers saw nominal unchristian Christians partying and drinking in a pious Hindu society. Years ago, there were clashes between ‘Christians’ and Hindus in Kanyakumari District of Tamil Nadu (India). They are not the believing Christians I refer here or in other words they are not Christians, even if they have Christian names and go to church as well. Because the Bible says, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: Love your neighbor as yourself. All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.” (Mathew 22:37-40)
“Do not repay anyone evil for evil….Live at peace with everyone. Do not take revenge….If your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty give him something to drink….Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good” (Romans 12:17-21)
Now, preaching about Jesus Christ is itself a part of Christian faith. The Bible in the words of Jesus Christ tells Christians, “Go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age” (Mathew 28: 19&20)
Some say all religions lead to the same destination. A Christian being sure of his day today Christian life experience and watching prophecies foretold in the Bible coming true, says Jesus Christ (and all that the Bible says) is the only way and not any other. It is not fanaticism. It is something like this. Imagine ants in the ant-hive do not know the danger of a dam breaching to destroy them. There must be some one who knows the language of ants and can take the form of an ant can only warn them of the impending danger. In a like manner, God took the form of a human being and lived among us as Jesus Christ and showed us the right way. Those who are sure of this through the proof of their lives’ experience get excited to propagate this truth out of concern only and not with a view to convert more people through force or allurement or to form a Christian nation. A Christian is supposed to obey the instructions told in the Bible and so he tells about Jesus Christ and helps the poor and needy which is mentioned throughout the Bible.
Now ponder over this. I can assault a person against his will. But I can not force something into his conscience against his will. Accepting is his choice. If he accepts my opinion at the moment through my instigation, he may change his mind if he is convinced of another later.
A Christian I refer here will not revolt. The Bible says, “If you are insulted because of the name of Christ, you are blessed, for the Spirit of glory and of God rests on you. If you suffer as a Christian, do not be ashamed, but praise God that you bear that name.” All these may shock some ‘Christians’. But I am pretty certain that a Bible-believing Christian knows these truths.
The Australian Christian missionary Graham Staines was burnt alive along with his sons for no fault of theirs by people doing hate campaign despite the fact that they knew he was serving the poor and the lepers, the people abandoned by their own kith and kin and left by society to rot and die. One cannot forget the scenes of the leper women weeping and Gladys (Graham’s widow) saying “I forgive them” flashed on TV the world over.
It is time that the government and those who incite hate campaign against Christians understand the truth behind Christian faith.
A very serious thought to be pondered over, and well written. You are very much right when you say that 'Christians' involved in clashes are not real Christians or 'followers of Christ'. Christ's path is of peace and love. Thank you for sharing these thoughts.