Updated: After publishing this post, I came across a fantastic 4-minute video that’s highly relevant to the topic of loving people. You can check it out at the end of this post.
Last week was an awesome week largely thanks to God first and then to you! I wrote my post titled, How I got attacked by an atheist and what I did to get even. As a result, lots of people were commenting and my Twitter feed was flooded the whole week with your tweets.
If you didn’t get a chance to read the most popular post on this blog so far, you can check it out here.
Most of the comments were from our brothers and sisters in Christ. Almost everyone agreed with the way I handled the situation when an atheist insulted me for no good reason. Some of you also had great suggestions for improvements, and I welcomed those with open arms.
Also, other comments were posted by atheists. I answered each one of their objections to God, replied back to their tweets, and to the ones who were rude or just using circular reasoning, I respectfully backed away from their comments.
But there was one comment that stuck out
There was one comment out of all the rest that hit me like a ton of bricks.
It was strong.
It really resonated with me.
It made me ponder for a long time.
I’d like to share it with you and ask for your feedback. The reason that this comment stuck out to me was because I’ve been thinking long and hard about this subject for some time now.
Check out the comment
Here’s the comment I’m telling you about. It’s by Tereasa, a wonderful sister in the Lord. She wrote:
“Seeing as we do not have an established online relationship, I hesitate to comment. But… since you asked, I will. 😀
It seems to me like you handled the conversation in a mature and biblical way. I have not spent a lot of time looking around your site, yet. Therefore, I cannot make a fair assessment of your tactics.
Based on this post, however, I have one concern. You stated that you build a relationship so that a person is more receptive to what you have to say. Saying that, you come across as one who seeks relationship solely for the purpose of evangelism. Most people can see right through that and are not interested.
It’s kind of like a multi-level marketer who seeks relationship for the purpose of building up their business. Obviously, your purpose is more noble. An atheist, however, probably would not see it that way.
Jesus built relationships with people because he loved them. He came to seek the lost because they were once His, because of who they were… His creation. I think that’s what people need.
They need us to build relationship with them because we are genuinely interested in them, not because they have the word “God” in their bios.
If I have misunderstood you, it is likely that anyone of your twitter followers could do the same. Would you want an atheist to read your words and understand them as I have? I pray you take my words as they are intended, spoken in a spirit of love. God bless you.”
Why I liked this comment
As you can see, Tereasa openly critiques my methods but she does it in a spirit of love. I’m far from perfect and that’s why I don’t mind at all sharing with you my shortcomings and even being vulnerable with you online. I hope that it will encourage you to be real on this community too.
It’s all about Jesus’ Agape love
I believe with all my heart that it’s Agape love that will attract the most people to Christianity. Jesus’ Agape love is so powerful, so infectious, and so unique.
Once people get a taste of the Jesus-style love, they are instantly drawn to the Savior.
Check out this video of a church showin’ some love
My question to you is…
Why do you think the people in the video are making such a strong impact on the community? How can we show the same kind of love towards non-Christians online?