And you will be hated by all for My name’s sake.
But he who endures to the end will be saved.
My mother moved into a nursing home in early 2012. She is 80 years old and not in good health. She never hid from anyone her love for the Lord and that she was a Christian lady. She continued, as she would have at home, to read her Bible, read Christian literature and talk about the Lord to others. What she never expected were the snide remarks about her faith. Some comments are mild "you are too religious" but others are far more hurtful, especially to someone who is frail and fragile. You might think that these comments were coming from young people, no, some are said by people older than my mother.
My dad and I were having a discussion about this and I mentioned that if a newspaper (online) runs a story about Christians, the number of comments that are aggressive, nasty and openly hostile towards Christians out weigh anything that is tolerant, kind or supportive towards Christians. It appears to be "open-season" for attacking Christians at the moment and what my mum occasionally endures is typical of the wider community.
However, most people would not say these sorts of comments to a person of a different faith . . . Jewish, Muslim, Hindu, Buddhist or even atheists. People wouldn't (generally) be openly rude a to Muslim, so why a Christian?
THE level of intolerance raised against Christians and their festivals is at an unacceptable level this year. If this same level of intolerance was displayed towards the Muslim community you would have full-blown jihad on your hands. (source)
People don't need to agree with my mother but it would be nice if they had a heart and treated her as they would like to be treated - with kindness and a caring attitude. How hard can it be to be tolerant towards others. A silly question, as our track record through history is very poor. However, in saying this, Christians too, need to be tolerant towards others and that does not mean you need to compromise your faith, but at least not be rude or openly nasty towards a politican you don't agree with, people of different faiths and those who are gay to name a few.
I also think Christians, if around a person who has strong anti-Christian views, shouldn't push Christianity onto them. The Lord will work in His own way on those people.
We just need to be kinder to others. Not a lot to ask. As words do hurt.
If the world hates you, you know that it hated Me before it hated you. If you were of the world, the world would love its own. Yet because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you. Remember the word that I said to you, ‘A servant is not greater than his master.’ If they persecuted Me, they will also persecute you. If they kept My word, they will keep yours also.