5 Reasons People Don’t Like Christians
Reason 1: They Are Angry, Bitter And Fight about Everything – March 7, 2016
2 Timothy 2:24 And the Lord’s servant must not be quarrelsome but must be kind to everyone, able to teach, not resentful.
1 Corinthians 13:1 If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal.
Recently, I read an article listing five reasons some people don’t like Christians. The first reason listed was that some Christians are angry, bitter and seem to fight about everything. Granted it was not a scientific study; however, as I thought about it, I had to admit there are “some” Christians who do seem angry and bitter. As we observe the rest of the world, one has to admit that most of the world’s anger does not come from Christians, just look at North Korea, ISIS, and Putin in Russia to name a few.
I recently asked a new family from India who attends Cottonwood Creek to describe its first impression of our church. They were very complementary of the church, but they said one thing they observed was that we needed to smile more. They said we looked unhappy. They said if we lived one day in the conditions in India, we would smile more in our current situations. I wonder if this is why nonchristians think that Christians are angry and bitter.
If it is not the look on our faces that gives others a negative view of Christians, than it must be our actions and our words. As we look at the Bible, Christians are specifically told not to be angry and bitter but instead be loving. Read 2 Timothy 2:24, “And the Lord’s servant must not be quarrelsome but must be kind to everyone…” and also in 1 Corinthians 13:1, “If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal.” Are some Christians angry & bitter? Absolutely, but not the ones who read the Bible and live it. So today, don’t be that quarrelsome Christian, and don’t be that clanging cymbal, instead look to be kind to everyone.
Be Better-not Bitter; Be a Friend- not a fighter; Be Calm- not Contentious.
Think about that…and have a blessed day!
John Mark Caton, Ph.D