Posted by Rod Neufeld on May 15, 2015
Christian? You must be uneducated and ignorant?!
I’m reminded of the Geoff Moore song, “Only a Fool”. Give it a listen if you haven’t. I have seen more and more talk show hosts and news media taking this stance. Only with Christians of course. They only dislike us for some reason. Not just dislike, but there is something of a hatred towards Christians that cannot be compared to the way any other “religious” group on the planet faces. Even in my own work place I hear things like ” inbred bible believing hicks.” It causes us so often to hide our Faith and not share it with anyone we know for fear of mocking and abuse.
For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind. (2Timothy 1:7 KJV)
You see, this is where good, righteous judgment comes into play. We really need to be sure that our actions represent Jesus Christ in a positive and loving light. That, of course, doesn’t include being walked all over. It does include tolerance. Sadly a great portion of the world sees us as ignorant or stupid because we believe a “fairy tale.”
Now, I grew up loving science and embracing it. You wanna embrace a “fairy tale?” Start with Darwinian Evolution. Keep in mind that when someone believes something to be true and you try to convince them otherwise, you are considered a fool and a liar to them. Not because you are intending to be one, but because your view of things opposes their world view.
Most of the times I have heard the term “intelligent Christian” used in mainstream media to describe a heretic. Someone who absolutely defiles the Bible and the Gospel of Jesus Christ to appeal to the masses. We were not called to be great ones of convincing others or even eloquent speakers. We are called to be faithful to and to represent and share the Gospel and truth of the Living God.
Do we need to be vastly intelligent to fill that role and purpose? Well, first things first: What does it mean to be intelligent?
Where is the wise? Where is the scribe? Where is the disputer of this world? Hath not God made foolish the wisdom of this world? (1 Corinthians 1:20 KJV)
So, basically, we know that to deny God is to embrace foolishness. Wisdom, true intelligence, comes from our intelligent designer. We however must be sensitive to those that do not know Him though they are not sensitive to us and our faith. Without getting arrogant we need to remember as new creations in Christ we walk in the light and the world is in darkness. It is hardened to the truth of the Gospel. I really think of “Worldly” intelligence like this: if you walk around the streets of a city with your eyes covered you will eventually find an open door by chance.
Not to discount education and study, I’m just saying that we can spend a lot of time looking for an answer that is right in front of us. God’s wisdom is more like this:
Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me. (Revelation 3:20 KJV)
You see, the truth is waiting for the world to receive it. There needs to be an open heart and listening ear.
So, what is my point in all of this?
Do not be afraid. Be bold, not arrogant. Be strong in truth. Fear not the evils of men for you are a Christian and the stains of the world have been removed from you and you are loved by a gracious and merciful God who does not wish to see even His greatest enemies perish.
Then ask yourself, would you rather be ridiculed to your face and have an opportunity to share the Gospel and perhaps someone will find salvation? Or, would you rather keep it hidden and know that they mock you in your silence anyway? You will never have an opportunity to reach those folks because you hid from them.
So, to quote a rubber bracelet in a youth retreat, “What would Jesus do?”