Thursday, September 1, 2016

How Christians Should Treat Those of Other Faiths

How should I treat those who are of a different faith than me?

How would Jesus treat them?

According to my faith, anyone who does not believe and confess the Lordship of Jesus Christ is condemned to be separated from Him for eternity.

If I fear those who are of another faith, how will they hear the Good News?

If I shy away from interacting with other faiths, how is Christ being represented to them?

Christians, if we are afraid of those who are different, we passively watch them head to a godless eternity.

Yes, they may dress differently, speak differently, and practice a different religion than mine. But they are lost. They may not have heard the Gospel. They are loved by God.

It is more comfortable to focus on the good people that Jesus died for. Mother Teresa, Martin Luther King Jr., you know, the nice Christian people. But Jesus also died for Hitler, Napoleon, the man who developed nuclear weapons. He died for Saul, the man who was persecuting the early church. Many people reject His gift of salvation, but that does not change the fact that His death would cover their sins if they accept Him as Lord of All.

As Christians, if we do not share our faith with those who practice other religions, why are we even on earth? If we only share our faith with those who look like us, talk like us, act like us, are we really being obedient to God?