Every time some event occurs in America, whether it be a natural disaster, mass shooting, or any other event where large amounts of people die, some Christians on the right are always claiming it’s God’s wrath on those people. Not only that, but it seems that most American Christians today tend to hate and fear other people, Muslims especially. But why? Why do so-called Christians feel this way towards people? Have you ever read your Bibles? If so, you would learn that this attitude is completely un-Christian and doesn’t line up with the teachings of Christ in any way.
Take Luke 6:27-36 (Matthew 5:38-48), for example:
But I say to you who hear: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, and pray for those who spitefully use you. To him who strikes you on the one cheek, offer the other also. And from him who takes away your cloak, do not withhold your tunic either. Give to everyone who asks of you. And from him who takes away your goods do not ask them back. And just as you want me to do to you, you also do to them likewise.
But if you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? For even sinners love those who love them. And if you do good to those who do good to you, what credit is that to you? For even sinners do the same. And if you lend to those from whom you hope to receive back, what credit is that to you? For even sinners lend to sinners to receive as much back. But love your enemies, do good, and lend, hoping for nothing in return; and your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High. For He is kind to the unthankful and evil. Therefore be merciful, just as your Father also is merciful.
Jesus begins by telling us to love our enemies and bless those who curse us and pray for them. Nowhere in there does He tell us to hate our enemies or to harm them as many Christians want to do to Muslims. If you are one of those Christians who believe Muslims should be killed, and there are many of you, how can you even begin to call yourself a Christian?
The only reason you hate and fear Muslims, leading you to want to harm them, is because you believe they are all terrorists. But they’re not. This simply isn’t true. Our country has been indoctrinated since 9/11 with hate and fear towards Muslims, propaganda for sure, along with pride and nationalism towards America. But this is not Christ like. Jesus told Pilate that His kingdom was not of this world. And Jesus stated multiple times that loving others is one of our main missions as His followers. How else can you reach the world as a Christian if you fear it and if you do not seek to show the world Jesus through your faith and love in action?
So yes, there may be radical Muslims, I won’t deny that fact, but there have been radical Christians throughout history who have killed hundreds of millions of people as well. The Roman Catholic Church and the inquisitions is one good example. Low numbers estimate that the Roman Catholic Church has killed 60 million Christians. Others place that number closer to 120 million. The changes in the Church during the time of Emperor Constantine is another dark time in Christianity where it was “Christian” to kill heretics such as the Donatists. Augustine claimed that it was an act of love to put a heretic to death.
Then you have evangelical Ministers here in the US today who advocate banning Muslims, building borders and walls, carrying weapons proudly and this is suppose to be Christian? This is like Jesus? I would say these Ministers sound more like radicals and terrorists to me. Thus, proving that even today there are radicals in every group. So to you Christians who want to kill Muslims, are you any different from the Muslims who want to kill Christians?
But that isn’t the way, we as Christians, are called to live. The “Golden Rule” is taught in this very passage by Jesus, Himself. Do unto others. Apparently, many Christians today want people to hate them because that is the way they treat others. And it is very sad to look at Christians behaving this way. No wonder people are so turned off from Christianity. If I didn’t know what true Christianity taught, and know that most American Christians today are way off, then I wouldn’t be a Christian either. I do, however, know what true Christianity is, and it teaches that we are to love our enemies, which the majority of Muslims aren’t even our enemies. There is no room for hate in Christianity. If you find yourself filled with hate towards another, you need to reevaluate your stance as a Christian.
Jesus goes on to say that loving only those who love you or only doing good to those who do good to you is no different than the sinners. And it’s true. Evil people have no problem being nice to those like themselves. This is where we stand apart. We are called to be different. To not be like the world and its carnal wickedness. Sadly many of you fall right into the worldly emotions that we are to stand apart from. You see, that is what makes us Christians. We aren’t of this world, but we have been set free from the desires and temptations and wickedness. And we have a home waiting for us in heaven. But that is if we live the life God calls us to live. A life that is full of love and not hate. Full of happiness and not anger. Full of giving and not worrying about receiving.
Lastly, for those of you who believe it is God’s wrath when people die (ex. the recent shooting in Florida), you are mistaken. If you don’t think so you are calling Christ a liar. Look back at the last verses of the passage above: “For He [God] is kind to the unthankful and evil. Therefore be merciful, just as your Father also is merciful.” God is kind to everyone. Even the wicked. And it is Him “who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth” (1 Timothy 2:4).
If it is God’s desire that all men come to Him, then why would He kill them before they could potentially change and come to Him? He wouldn’t. Satan, however, will gladly use people to kill anyone that has the potential of changing or use it to drive the hatred of Christians who claim that it is God’s wrath among the wicked. And the disappointing thing is, he’s winning. Look at the minds of the majority of American Christians. They are filled with hate and anger.
Fellow Christians, if you call yourself a Christians, yet you have hatred towards others or believe that it’s God’s wrath destroying people, I ask that you take a step back and look at your lives. Is that really how God wants us to be? Where is your mercy? Where is your compassion? Where is your love? We should grieve at the loss of life of those who will never make it into heaven because of their wickedness. It is our duty to go and make disciples of all nations, but many of you are just standing idle, watching as the wicked die in their sins. And then you make a mockery of it. This is not Christian, and if you feel this way when these events occur, then you are not a Christian.