A few days ago someone posted on my Facebook page information warning people of my evil for sharing in the sins of Roman Catholics. There was only one thing I could do, besides pray for them. I de-friended them immediately! If there was ever a social-network term that was misused it is the word “friend" given how some use Facebook to address their “friends.”
Check out how many Christians, including some pastors among them, respond to Rick Warren. The comments on this site are enough to warrant an R label for many of these people.
I never cease to be amazed at how Christians treat one another. A nephew, who attends Saddleback Church where Rick Warren is the pastor, recently sought to encourage me with regard to the lies and attacks that are routinely used against me on the Internet. He knows these hurt even though I seek to ignore them as much as possible. Perhaps the darkest and cruelest of all blows is to be called a liar. On the whole I’ve made progress about how to respond to such criticism over the course of time, especially by addressing my own ego through intentional mortification of my pride. But no matter how you cut it the saying that “sticks and stones may break my bones but words can never hurt me” is pure myth. Words hurt more than sticks and stones in some instances.
I could quote dozens of verses against this kind of “hate speech,” which is sometimes called tough love, or biblical apologetics. But it would do no real good to quote such verses. These types of people will just quote more verses back to me proving they are right. Have you ever noticed that this “war of Bible verses” never wins anything or anyone? I have never met a person who said to me, “I became a Christian because someone quoted the Bible to me against another Christian and this showed me how much Jesus loved me and what he did to save me.”
It was said of early Christians, “Behold how they loved one another.” Today we would have to say of so many Christians who write, teach and post on the Internet, “Behold how they oppose their brothers and sisters, condemning them to hell over their interpretation of some Bible verses.”
One of the reasons that the poorest and weakest believe the gospel is not important is because they have seen how we treat other Christians. I have not only heard this but I’ve seen its effect up close.
It gives me no real comfort to know people hate Rick Warren but it does remind me that those who do great deeds in Christ’s love will be hated, sometimes by the very people who one would think would love them. But then religious people have always been hard on people they disagree with. It actually goes along with religion of the sort that such people promote.