Ambassadors for Christ (not His police)

Is boldness to be equated with being obnoxious? Is the willingness to speak the Word of God fearlessly to be equated with being calloused or uncaring? Is being a witness to your faith the same as publically denouncing the faith of everyone else?

When I checked my e-mail this morning I saw that I had about 25 new comments on my blogs. Immediately I knew what that meant and after going to the first one, my suspicions proved to be correct. Overnight, someone had bombarded as many blogs as they could find with the same message which sought to cause Christians to question their faith and correspondingly - their God.

Thankfully the mechanisms in place here at Christian Blog caught what was going on and eliminated the comments and the person from the site. Among the things I thought about afterwards was the thankfulness in my heart for the oversight provided by this site which prevents obnoxious people from hijacking it or placing a quiver of fiery darts throughout the site.

I also thought this morning about the level of intensity some people feel compelled to manifest when they present what they believe to be true. There is no provision made by such people to promote give and take or open discourse. Instead, the “my way or the highway” mentality demands all opposing views be rejected and cast aside.

We have not been called to cram the Gospel of Jesus Christ down the throats of those who do not know or believe it. We have not been given the sword of the spirit, which is the Word of God, to threaten or behead those who do not believe as we do. Christianity is NOT a vicious faith which necessitates overthrowing the faith of another. Christianity is NOT a violent faith forced upon people against their will.

Christianity is the only faith built upon love, forgiveness and humility. Christianity is the extension of everything Christ represents and the continuation of His message which has at its core the love, mercy and grace of God. The era of the Crusades should have confirmed forever that Christianity cannot be forced upon people through physical conquest.

If, and when Christians understand the “rules of engagement” in our faith, there would be a complete change in the way Christianity is promoted and therefore understood. We are to hold forth the Word of truth and those that are hungry will respond. God respects people's freedom of will and God respects the choices people make, both good and bad.

Our job is to lay out what the Word of God says. Those who hunger and thirst for the truth will be drawn to God as we manifest the love of Christ as His ambassadors. As ambassadors we are to represent the one who sent us. As Christ's ambassadors we are to be as He is and do as He would do. As we do this, our very lives become a witness for Christ.

 Kirk M
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K Reynolds+

History reveals to us the great tragedy of the "convert or die" mentality. Instead of turning people's hearts toward God, it turns them away. In fact that is one of the greatest charges against Christianity. We try to ram it down people's throats.

A friend of mine says God never appointed us to be the Holy Spirit to people and she is right. Occasionally on CB debates will erupt over differences in doctrine and it has never been pretty. No one has ever convinced someone to "convert" to their way of thinking and in fact, usually hurt and angry words usually fly. It is interesting to me that while the "debaters" may protest they are not angry at one another, they fail to remember that other people are "listening" and to them it may appear otherwise.

Truthfully, I question the motives of a blogger who repeatedly brings up what they know is a "hot topic" which generates a lot of emotion. While they may insist they are simply being "obedient" to God, they need to also remember what the Word of God says about causing disunity amongst believers. If your actions are causing friction then it is time to re-examine your method as well as your motive and make some adjustments.

Is this "watering" things down? No. It does not mean you hide your head in the sand. It means you recognize that what you are doing is NOT edifying God nor is it productive. You need to either do what Jesus said to do, shake the dust off your sandals and move on to someone who is receptive or... you need to take a good hard look at your behavior towards others and ask God to help you behave in a courteous manner that pleases Him.

As Christ's ambassadors we are to be as He is and do as He would do. As we do this, our very lives become a witness for Christ.

Thanks for the reminder.

Blessings!

K :princess:

Phillip Jones

Some things seem so obvious that we can at times become frustrated and write or say things that are not helpful. I have been guilty of pointing to things Jesus said and Paul wrote to justify some of the things I have written. I'm certainly not Jesus or Paul. What has been given me lately because of my study of the Bible is that we are only here to witness to the truth of Jesus Christ and glorify God with our good works. Anything else is beyond what we are called to do. The good works are all under the umbrella of love. Jesus is God and Paul and the other Apostles had great authority given them by God. I do not have that authority. I can only witness to what I have been given. Part of the problem for me has been the loose way the word love is bandied about in the world and in the church. Godly, sacrificial love is what we are commanded to manifest to our neighbor and one another. That kind of love can only come from the Holy Spirit that dwells within us. He gives us the ability to show His love to the world and each other. It is not some kind of mushy, warm, fuzzy feeling. It is love that has feet, that does something practical and real for others. It can be expressed in words, compassion and gestures but it is most effective when it is expressed in meeting the needs of those we know and, yes, love.

K Reynolds+

Part of the problem for me has been the loose way the word love is bandied about in the world and in the church. Godly, sacrificial love is what we are commanded to manifest to our neighbor and one another. That kind of love can only come from the Holy Spirit that dwells within us. He gives us the ability to show His love to the world and each other. It is not some kind of mushy, warm, fuzzy feeling. It is love that has feet, that does something practical and real for others. It can be expressed in words, compassion and gestures but it is most effective when it is expressed in meeting the needs of those we know and, yes, love.

I understand exactly what Phil means by this. The problem I see is it can be very easy to assume that someone is talking "fluff" when indeed they are not. The reverse is also true. Someone can appear to be "serious" when all they really have is a pastry puff which looks solid but is full of nothing but hot air! The problem is compounded in cyberspace because we are unable to read body language or hear the tone of one's voice plus we don't always phrase things well. In live conversation we can ask for instant clarification but not so in cyperspace. This can lead to a lot of misunderstandings.

We have to learn to give people the benefit of a doubt and not jump to conclusions. If they talk about love, we must assume they are referring to the genuine love which you describe... until when/if they reveal otherwise. I have had a lot of people jump to conclusions in regards to my "princess" avatar. They think I am "fluff" and "silliness". Those who are well acquainted with me at CB, particularly long-time members, know my background, know the story behind that "princess" avatar and understand it is anything but "fluff".

Blessings!

K :princess:

David Macy

All good stuff, and I agree with arguments. If a person know they are right who am I to tell them different. Each person is to be convinced if that is the case then God does sort us out.

Please take the time and read this scripture and tell me is this just for the apostles? or should be expect people to get upset at us? Do we stay quite as someone teaches error or are we salt and light. I have suffered so I know it is hard.

16"I am sending you out like sheep among wolves. Therefore be as shrewd as snakes and as innocent as doves. 17Be on your guard; you will be handed over to the local councils and be flogged in the synagogues. 18On my account you will be brought before governors and kings as witnesses to them and to the Gentiles. 19But when they arrest you, do not worry about what to say or how to say it. At that time you will be given what to say, 20for it will not be you speaking, but the Spirit of your Father speaking through you.

21"Brother will betray brother to death, and a father his child; children will rebel against their parents and have them put to death. 22You will be hated by everyone because of me, but the one who stands firm to the end will be saved. 23When you are persecuted in one place, flee to another. Truly I tell you, you will not finish going through the towns of Israel before the Son of Man comes.

d of the h24"The student is not above the teacher, nor a servant above his master. 25It is enough for students to be like their teachers, and servants like their masters. If the heaouse has been called Beelzebul, how much more the members of his household!

26"So do not be afraid of them, for there is nothing concealed that will not be disclosed, or hidden that will not be made known. 27What I tell you in the dark, speak in the daylight; what is whispered in your ear, proclaim from the roofs. 28Do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather, be afraid of the One who can destroy both soul and body in hell. 29Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground outside your Father's care.b 30And even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. 31So don't be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.

32"Whoever acknowledges me before others, I will also acknowledge before my Father in heaven. 33But whoever disowns me before others, I will disown before my Father in heaven.

34"Do not suppose that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I did not come to bring peace, but a sword. 35For I have come to turn

This is a warning for the children of God what to expect. The a Christian in my mind should not waste one word to defend himself, but always defend the Gospel and God.

joyce+

I find it strange that Christians try to ram the gospel down the throat of non-Christians . I also find it strange that Christians try to force their reading of scripture down the throat of other Christians. I have my beliefs, my friends here know what they are yet I would never attempt to force others to submit to my belief.

There is one other thing I have noticed. Now this is in no way casting any shadows on anyone here, but in Davids comment he used a Bible verse that some use when they are trying to be a "force" at CB... the verse is this... I am sending you out like sheep among wolves. . I have been perplexed at the idea of some bloggers that everyone bar themselves are wolves, that the members here at CB are to be attacked and beaten down all in the name of "staying true to my belief" . *NB I am not attacking David, I was just hijacking the scripture he was using as he made an excellent point on how we ought to be very careful at all times.

I truly believe that my job is to present the Gospel, having prayed before hand that the Spirit of God will soften the heart of the listener. Then I believe that I ought to leave the Holy Spirit to do what He does best and that is convict, open eyes and draw to Christ.

Here in NI we have an fictional members club called the "knee breakers". It stems from the fact that in my country we have been known to settle a dispute where we demand others accept our opinion with a visit from the "knee breakers". This involves a baseball bat and an opponents knees. Me thinks that too many christians could belong to the spiritual version of this same club. Ohh dear.

K Reynolds+

I think Bethy made an excellent comment!

She wrote:

I have been perplexed at the idea of some bloggers that everyone bar themselves are wolves, that the members here at CB are to be attacked and beaten down all in the name of "staying true to my belief" .

I do not think she will mind me using this example. Bethy and I do not see eye-to-eye on everything. I could say that about all my friends at CB actually and they could say it about me. We DO see some things a bit differently BUT we do agree on those things that matter the most. For example, we agree that without Christ there is no salvation, no hope.

Just the other day we were able to discuss why we believe what we believe without any hurt feelings, any one feeling threatened or any one getting angry. Why? Because we realize that we are both children of God. We do not behave like one is more enlightened than the other and we genuinely love one another. This has only come about because we have taken the time to forge a relationship with one another which in turns builds trust.

It's funny but as we listened to one another well... though we had a slightly different take on things our differences were really things we could quite simply place in God's hands and leave it up to Him to sort out. We had uh... bigger fish to fry like sharing the Good news with a world that needs Christ, walking in obedience to God, having fellowship with one another and of course, encouraging our brothers and sisters who are weak, discouraged and struggling.

I would also like to offer up this caveat. The passage of scripture mentioned above refers to when Jesus sent the disciples out to the lost sheep of Israel and specifically mentioned that they were not to go to the Gentiles or Samaritans.

But go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel. And as ye go, preach, saying, The kingdom of heaven is at hand. (Matthew 10:6-7)

The sword mentioned in verse 34 does not refer to fighting against an enemy. It refers to families and friends becoming divided as some accept the Gospel and others do not. Read Luke 12:49-53 and you will see what I mean.

Blessings!

K :princess:

David Macy

jesus said here not to judge because God will on the last day.

42Yet at the same time many even among the leaders believed in him. But because of the Pharisees they would not openly acknowledge their faith for fear they would be put out of the synagogue; 43for they loved human praise more than praise from God.

44Then Jesus cried out, "Whoever believes in me does not believe in me only, but in the one who sent me. 45The one who looks at me is seeing the one who sent me. 46I have come into the world as a light, so that no one who believes in me should stay in darkness.

47"If anyone hears my words but does not keep them, I do not judge that person. For I did not come to judge the world, but to save the world. 48There is a judge for the one who rejects me and does not accept my words; the very words I have spoken will condemn them at the last day. 49For I did not speak on my own, but the Father who sent me commanded me to say all that I have spoken. 50I know that his command leads to eternal life. So whatever I say is just what the Father has told me to say."

Paul did not judge even himself

1This, then, is how you ought to regard us: as servants of Christ and as those entrusted with the mysteries God has revealed. 2Now it is required that those who have been given a trust must prove faithful. 3I care very little if I am judged by you or by any human court; indeed, I do not even judge myself. 4My conscience is clear, but that does not make me innocent. It is the Lord who judges me. 5Therefore judge nothing before the appointed time; wait until the Lord comes. He will bring to light what is hidden in darkness and will expose the motives of the heart. At that time each will receive their praise from God.

it takes a lot to wade through the doctrine that weighs us down. But by the grace of God we do get it

Kristen Gray+

:clap: :clap: We overcome evil with good!
Blessings,
Kristen