I’ve always wondered what makes me so angry with the people who go around shouting hell and brimstone. Why do I get the oppressed feeling when I am around that type of behavior? I’m a Christian so it’s not that I am afraid of what they are saying. I know where my security lies. Today as I was walking through the free speech plaza of my university, I realized it my spirit they were offending. It’s Christ in me that feels sad and insulted. It makes complete sense. Reading throughout the New Testament, there are multiple accounts of Christ becoming angry, upset, and offended by the actions of the Pharisees and other religious groups who have it all wrong. They are the people who preach about doing things in order to be saved and condemnation in Christ. They are the people who listeners run from ultimately leading them away from a life of freedom and hope. I don’t necessarily disagree with what the people are shouting, but I highly disagree with the way they tend to go about it. If what they are saying (more like how they are saying it) offends me and I am a Christian, what do you think non-Christians think about it?
For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. John 3:16-17
The God I know and experience is a God of love. He is a God of hope, joy, and freedom. He walked with the wicked, drunks, and liars. He pursued them with all the love He could show them. Not only did he pursue and fight for them, He laid his life down, selfless and obedient. Not even cursing the very people that were killing Him on His way to the cross.