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stained glass for webSomeone who has been harassing me the past few days just suggested Matthew 7:21-23:  “21 “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father in heaven. 22 On that day many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many deeds of power in your name?’ 23 Then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; go away from me, you evildoers.’”

What brought this on?  I’m not quite sure, other than I did not bow to him and admit that his truly pathetic grasp of a specific passage in the Bible was right and I am wrong.  Sorry, but I’m not wrong.  He just sent this to me.

“…It’s got nothing to do w/ what I think. Read your Bible. Good clue is when people rape Scripture out of context (e.g. stones)…”

What do you do when you’re trying to help someone who obviously needs help and a ‘Christian’ gets in the way?  I’ve come up against this very conundrum this week.  It is so frustrating, I’d love to start bashing heads in, but I know that reaction is hardly ‘Christian’. As someone who is trying to practice what I really don’t want to preach, I know that I must pray for this person as much as I am praying for the other person.  I also know this person would not be antagonizing me unless there was something terribly wrong with their relationship with Christ.

I guess, right now, I’m not quite sure if this person does actually know Christ.  Evidently my grasp of the Bible does not quite compute with what he claims to know.  It is tragic.  Because I turned around, and questioned him, he has made it a point to viciously attack the person for whom I’m praying and trying to help.  I know what I think, deep down inside, but don’t want to think it.  It is as though he is delighting in antagonizing and trying to destroy what little grasp on reality this other person has.

What is it about the ‘Ugly Christian’?  They delight in hurting others.  They delight in making someone feel inferior, which in itself tells us how abjectly inferior they truly are.  Some people like this are like psychopaths, who just get off on hurting people.

Then there are those who just want to impose their will on others they see as not as important as they are.  I’m finding that, today, this is very much a patriarchal male thing these days.  They truly don’t like women, and think that women are beneath them.  There is an entire ‘christian’ movement these days, promoted via Doug Phillips and Vision Forum, where women are to be subservient to men.  Naturally, I don’t quite fit their version of modest, submissive femininity.  Thank heavens!

The problem with this person, who is basically what we call a Troll, is the fact that he is specifically attacking me.  His attacks are reaching the point of slander and harassment.  And, no, it’s not just a religious thing.  This is a seriously disturbed thing.  And, unfortunately, those who do the most to harm the entire Christian message are the most seriously disturbed.

You can’t even describe this person as a zealot.  This is someone who can’t handle anyone disagreeing with him.  History is full of people like this.  Unfortunately the history of Christianity is full of people like this.  There reaches a point where it really isn’t about faith, or what they do or do not believe, and everything about viciously controlling the message, and more often than not forcing women to submit to their questionable grasp of theology.

Let’s be honest here, people like this make great fictional characters, the stuff that classic books are made of.  Don’t worry, I’ll be thinking about how to use this in fiction.  The problem here is that, when someone who claims to be a Christian, knows that someone else is trying to minister to someone, and they do their best to harm that, to harm the person to whom you are trying to minister, to help, well, there’s only one four letter word for that person:  EVIL.

  • pet campbell

    I think one issue for many Christians in this situation is to constantly second guess our own selves.

    Hebrews 5:14
    But solid food is for the mature, for those who have their powers of discernment trained by constant practice to distinguish good from evil.
    When we discern evil, we step away from it. Then we turn to prayer.
    The Holy Spirit is not fooled, nor surprised by what is abounding in this world.
    I’m glad to see your thinking is clear!
    We will add our prayers to yours for wisdom in action.

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