At times one of my children will come running to me with a tale about how their brother or sister called them a dragon or some such. I’ll ask the offended child, “Well, is it true?” and they have to answer no. Then I tell them to just ignore the sibling and go find something else to do. I later will talk to the offender about name-calling, but in the heat of the battle, I find that the main thing to get across is that we shouldn’t get so upset when something untrue is said about us.
That scenario comes to mind when I hear about some things one of The View mistresses said last week about Christianity. She got a lot of Christians mad at her (all over again), and letters were sent and statements released, and no apology came, that I know of, from the network or her for what she said. But now that I have had some time to think about it, I wonder a couple of things: first, can Christians watching that show really expect not to ever be offended? Second, what impact for good does letter-writing and feedback have on a person who sets out to offend Christians? The things she said were false; they did nothing to shake my faith or rock my world. I went on with my life and pretty much forgot about it. What if everybody did that? What if, after Rosie said those things, Christian radio chairpersons and Christian bloggers everywhere just mumbled to themselves, “hmmm. There’s Rosie spouting off again. She’s got things a little mixed up in her head” and just went about their business. I think it would make a better impact, personally. Silence. Getting back to work on the things that matter. We know we are right, so what is the big deal when a lost person gets it wrong? It is the wounded dog who will bite someone who comes too close; we are assuming we are wounded, which we aren’t, and we are assuming we need to attack back, which we are commanded to do exactly the opposite, in Scripture.
“Blessed are you when people insult you and persecute you, and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of Me.
Rejoice and be glad, for your reward in heaven is great; for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.
But I say to you, do not resist an evil person; but whoever slaps you on your right cheek, turn the other to him also.
If anyone wants to sue you and take your shirt, let him have your coat also.
But I say to you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you.
For if you love those who love you, what reward do you have?”
-Jesus in Matthew 5