I honored an invitation to watch a football game with a friend in his house a few weeks ago. He gladly welcomed me in and introduced his roommate who grew up in the same part I grew up in Nigeria. We shook hands and sat down to catch some gist. My friend then said to his roommate ‘hey, I think you should talk to David since you want to go into IT’ (Information Technology). ‘What do you do?’ the roommate asked me. I told him what I do to which he responded ‘that’s what I want to do. I tried getting training once, but the guy I met was a really bad teacher’. Well, I think you need to first understand and master the basics, I answered. ‘What are the basics?’ He followed up. I started explaining to him only to find out that my past projects were advanced and I had relegated the basics to the back of my retention faculty. I answered all his questions enjoyed the game and all went home.
The above is true of what is prevalent in Christian
We seem to focus on Advance hermeneutics and revelation and have relegated the basics of Christianity to the hindmost.
Someone sent me a ten minutes video of a speaker with exalted status in Christianity. I watched with enthralled attention since it’s a man many look up to. At the end all I heard him encourage was violence, vengeance and hatred. What happened to the basic teachings of love, perseverance, endurance and forgiveness which Jesus taught? My old question quickly came back to attention: The Basics. Where did they go?
It is true that, as Christians, we have gone through a lot. We have always gone through a lot, at least from what we read from the bible as well as history books and current events around the world. It is all right to have differences of opinion on this. But that is no justification for division or even incite anger. There is nothing about hatred, violence or vengeance in the preaching of Jesus Christ. His message was that of love and no one was excluded from His life or His love. These are His words:
“You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ 44 But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you, 45 that you may be sons of your Father in heaven; Matthew 5:43 – 45.
Being a Christian is not about imposing justice on or even for others. We are defined by love and should bear its beam.
The Beauty of Christianity
Christianity is adjudged by Christians’ examples because we are saved to be Christ’s example. We His followers are fallible human beings struggling to overcome our own demons as we navigate through challenges of life. Sometimes we fail. The beauty of Christianity is that Christ gently picks us up again, forgives us, and helps us back on the right path.
You Will love this featured song by Holly Starr tiltled “Don’t have love”: