|Katy Perry says that she is disgusted with traditional Christianity.|
Sunday, August 31, 2014
CAN A TRUE CHRISTIAN HATE OTHER PEOPLE?
When I heard this question, I just began to laugh because Christianity is now a laughingstock. There are rules that God has laid down for us to show the world that we love Him. We must love him and our neighbors as we love ourselves, we must keep our promises, we must not be two face, and we must obey his commandments. Respecting our parents brings us long life (Deut 5:16). Katy Perry once justified why she was leaving traditional Christianity by saying, “Accountability is rare to find, especially with people like myself, because nobody wants to tell you something you don’t want to hear. I actually don’t trust people who start to turn on me because they get scared of telling me the truth.”
It is strange to see that some Christians do not talk to their families, neighbors or even friends. They have people they don’t want to see.It is not forbidden for a christian to be angry, but it is forbidden for that individual to bear a grudge, rancor or spite (Eph 4:26). One person once told me that his dog is worth more than certain human beings. Jesus laid down the foundation on how we should treat people in what will later be called the Golden Rule. It states, “Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them: for this is the law and the prophets.” (Mt 7:12). In other words, “Do unto others what you want them to do unto you.”
Would you like to have kids and they don’t talk to you? If you would not like that, why do you do it to your own parents? Why are people abandoning their parents in nursing homes, group homes and other facilities without visiting them? Why is your mother living alone in an apartment when you have a huge home living there with dogs and cats? Why are there so many homeless people in the streets when we have big mansions with no one in them?
Jesus demonstrated his theory with the way he cared for people, including even strangers. To buttress his ethos, he narrated the Parable of the Good Samaritan. This parable shows us that Jesus was against racism, encouraged generosity and a good name. It is sad to see people who go to church, but they are very racist, stingy and have a very bad name, yet they talk about believing in God. Our rightness or wrongness towards humans portrays our rightness or wrongness towards God because if we do not show love to the human being we see, we cannot show love to God we do not see (1 Jn 4:20). You cannot claim that you love God; meanwhile, you do not talk with your own very parents. Now many people establish their large families on Facebook and other forums. You wonder why they are never happy.
If you want to show that you love God, you must keep his commandments (Jn 14:15, 23), and his commandments are simple: love God and love your neighbor as yourself (Luke 10:27). If we live our Christianity as Christ taught us to do, we will impact lives without even too much ado. If you love God, you cannot make promises and not fulfill them. Many people think that they can hate their fellow human beings and make that up by treating animals well. Others try to redeem themselves by doing community service or feeding the hungry during holidays. Just the mere fact that Christians too take fake names to insult others on the internet will attest to the lack of love for God because it tells you their intention was sinister. They want to build an image that they do not have. Your failure to keep the commandments of God to show that you love him could not be replaced by doing good works. Otherwise, it will mean that you are saved by your whims and caprices.
A few days ago a young woman asked me what she should do with her fiancée who left her for another girl in the same church. I know how people always ask me that, “is it better to have a bad marriage or to have a broken engagement?” Well, it is not; nevertheless, you must have a more serious reason than the fact that you have seen another beautiful woman or rich man. It must be on substantive difference and not on egoistic penchants. Moses told the children of Israel that, “God is not a man, that he should lie; neither the son of man, that he should repent: hath he said, and shall he not do it? Or hath he spoken, and shall he not make it good?” (Num 23:19) Peter said, “The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.” (1 Pet 3:8). How then do people just break their promises to their neighbors (nearest person to you) without blinking if it pleases God or not?
To Show God that you love him, you must keep his commandments. Every time you feed the hungry, give drink to the thirsty, clothe the naked, visit the sick, visit the prisoner, you are actually doing the work of God. However, that is like sacrifice. You must obey the commandments; otherwise, your good works will be like filthy rags before God because obedience is better than sacrifice to God (I Sam 15:22). God keeps his own promises, so he wants you to keep yours. He has no pleasure in fools (Eccl 5:4).
Therefore, “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.” (Mt 5:16).
Until then, I think God will be mad at anyone who does not talk to their parents or keeps enemies.
St Arrey of Ntenako.
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