SHOULD CHRISTIANS SLANDER THE WORLD?
I don't know about you but I am sick and tired of so-called Christian Radio shows, Facebook sites, Christian News sites, even some pastors continually backbiting and gossipping in the name of Christianity. Speaking judgmentally and sarcastically about our leaders, secular entertainers and other popular celebrities does not bring them into a relationship with our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. I for one am repenting from this practice since it is in obvious disobedience to the Will of God as revealed in the scriptural teachings of Jesus and His Apostles. I will strive to speak only GOOD things that edify and give grace to the hearers so that my Father in Heaven and Jesus Christ will be glorified by them. Reprove YES, Rebuke YES but with all long suffering AND DOCTRINE.
2 Timothy 4:2 PREACH THE WORD; be instant in season, out of season; REPROVE, REBUKE, exhort WITH ALL LONGSUFFERING and DOCTRINE. 3 For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but AFTER THEIR OWN LUST SHALL HEAP TO THEMSELVES TEACHERS, having itching ears; 4 And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables. 5 But watch thou in all things, endure afflictions, DO THE WORK OF AN EVANGELIST, make full proof of thy ministry.
1 Timothy 5:13 And withal they learn to be idle, wandering about from house to house; and not only idle, but tattlers also and busybodies, SPEAKING THINGS WHICH THEY OUGHT NOT.
Anything done to denigrate another or smear one's person is not done in the Spirit of Love but for the satisfaction of the lust of the flesh. We are to show UNCONDITIONAL love to ALL men especially to those who are of the household of God. Should we use smear campaigns against those we disagree with? Should we stir up the flesh of those who hear us and sensationalize the things that go on in the world? Doesn't this distract us from our true purpose here as the Children of God?
1 Peter 2:1-2 Wherefore laying aside all malice, and all guile, and hypocrisies, and envies, and all EVIL SPEAKINGS, 2 As newborn babes, desire the SINCERE milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby:
2 Corinthians 12:20 For I fear, lest, when I come, I shall not find you such as I would, and that I shall be found unto you such as ye would not: lest there be debates, envyings, wraths, strifes, BACKBITINGS, WHISPERINGS, swellings, tumults:
Just as Jesus prayed for those who persecuted and crucified Him ultimately, we should follow His example of how to deal with the wicked. He did not speak evil of them, He interceded as an example to us. Slander does nothing for one who is lost in the waves of sin. Sacrifice will save a soul.
Romans 12:1 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a LIVING SACRIFICE, HOLY, ACCEPTABLE unto God, which is your reasonable service. 2 And BE NOT CONFORMED TO THIS WORLD: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.
Let us not be as the world is and give in to our fleshly lusts against others. I encourage you to sacrifice your desire to slander the people of the world and speak badly of them because of their sin and rebellion so that the Will of God might be manifest in your life and those who are lost will want to know the God that we serve. Our goal on this planet is to seek and save that which is lost for the Father of Glory and bring them to a saving knowledge of the only TRUE GOD Jesus Christ.
Romans 1:28 And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient; 29 Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, DEBATE, deceit, malignity; WHISPERERS, 30 BACKBITERS, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents,31 Without understanding, covenantbreakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful:
God forbid that Christians would appear like this to the world, but that is how some of us must look to them. Brothers and sisters I plead with you to repent from this practice and pray for all men just as Christ prayed on the cross for them. Let us treat them as Children of God who loves ALL men and desires that all men come to the knowledge of the savior and be saved.
1 Corinthians 13:4
Charity suffereth long, and is KIND; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not PUFFED UP, 5 Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not EASILY PROVOKED, THINKETH NO EVIL; 6 REJOICETH NOT IN INIQUITY, but rejoiceth in the truth;
Let all BITTERNESS and wrath and anger and clamor and SLANDER be put away from you, along with all malice.
I am not writing these things to slander those in the body of Christ that do these things but to encourage my brothers and sisters to love the world as Christ has loved us and gave Himself for us. Walk as He walked; in unconditional love for all men. None of us are righteous without Jesus.
Ephesians 5:2 And walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us, and hath given himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweetsmelling savour.
Galatians 5:15 But if ye bite and devour one another, take heed that ye be not consumed one of another.
Brothers and sisters in Christ; I urge you to walk in unconditional love so that the world can see who our God is. Show them the love that has been shown to you lest you be found guilty and the name of Christ is blasphemed before the world. God is the judge and will deal with all unrighteousness. It is not our place to judge the world.
1 Corinthians 5:13 But them that are without God judgeth. Therefore put away from among yourselves that wicked person.
We must not emulate the world but Christ so that all men might see the WAY to eternal salvation. Preach the gospel (the good news of Christ) and refrain from giving into the lust of the flesh to judge and slander the names of those who do not know Christ. It is the nature of a dog to bark and of a cat to meow or a cow to moo. We don't get upset about that so why should we get upset about sinners doing the only thing they know, sin? We should be a light in the world to show the WAY to the CROSS for them in the hope that they will be saved. Be careful of the temptation of the evil one who desires for us to slander, backbite and have bitterness against the world so that we waste our time with that instead of preaching the Gospel to every creature as we are commanded by Christ. Slander, wrath, bitterness, backbiting and anything like it only serves to cover the light of Christ and keep Him hid to the world.
1 Timothy 4:10 For therefore we both labour and suffer reproach, because we trust in the living God, who is the Saviour of ALL MEN specially of those that believe.
1 John 4:9 In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him.
Mark 16:15 15 And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.