“Christians are deluded.” I’ve heard it before. In their eyes, we are just deceiving ourselves. In that case…
4 To those who have no sense she [wisdom] says, “Come, eat my food and drink the wine I have mixed. 6 Leave your simple ways and you will live; walk in the way of insight.”
8 Do not rebuke mockers [those who make fun or get angry at you because of what you believe] or they will hate you; rebuke the wise and they will love you.
12 If you are wise, your wisdom will reward you; if you are a mocker, you alone will suffer.
18 But little do they know that the dead are there [that death awaits], that her guests are [go] deep in the realm of the dead.
Someone who makes such a statement has not thought through his argument. These are the questions I would like to ask:
- So, in my delusion, I strive to become like a dead man and live as He taught?
- I get together with other deluded people for fellowship and to worship a dead man?
- I would give my life in service for this dead man and His promises?
- What about all the Olympic athletes who give glory to God: are they all part of a collective delusion? Let’s look at five.
And these are just a sample of the testimonies!
- Where are all the other symptoms of delusion, such as antisocial behavior, hallucinations, and persecutory paranoia?
- And the best question: Why would I love you and want the best for your life?
When it all boils away, what we have left is a person who needs Jesus. We, as Christians, are to display Jesus. We don’t judge, condemn, point out sins and faults, shun, or hold contempt for people who don’t have Jesus. Instead, we are to be Christ to them even when they don’t want us to. So we get harassed; so we get beat up; so they kill us. Let’s not forget the apostle Paul’s words:
24 However, I consider my life worth nothing to me; my only aim is to finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me—the task of testifying to the good news of God’s grace. Acts 20:24
20 I eagerly expect and hope that I will in no way be ashamed, but will have sufficient courage so that now as always Christ will be exalted in my body, whether by life or by death. 21 For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain. Philippians 1:20-21
May we all have that kind of faith.
Abba, being ridiculed hurts, but it’s even more frustrating that I can’t get through to them. I want them to experience You as I have and to feel the love, the joy, the peace; I want them to know You as I know You–even better! They are missing so much even as they turn away from so great a salvation. Move in their hearts, O God. Call them to Yourself, and may they answer, “Yes, Lord, Yes!” Amen.