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Subject: Claiming Christianity
DON’T BE AN ANONYMOUS CHRISTIAN

Intolerance toward Christians by unbelievers can be very mean-spirited, very biased, very accusing, yet never unexpected and always anticipated. But narrow-mindedness aimed at believers by other believers is difficult to understand. Aren’t we as born-again believers to be "longsuffering, meek, forbearing of one another in love"? (Ephesians 4:1-6) Even so, I recently experienced such intolerance.

A few days ago, I received a note attacking my recent article entitled Nothing Surprises God. The note expressed much hostility over the presidential outcome, and extreme anger toward me for my political stand, a stand deeply rooted in biblical truths. Was I surprised by the note? No and Yes. No, I wasn’t even slightly surprised that someone disagreed with me, but yes, I was quite taken aback by the tenor of the note’s content. This note whose writer claimed to be a Christian, spewed nothing but pure anger, rudeness and vulgarity. Shocking was the note writer’s claim to be a Christian. Just as surprising was the writer’s unwillingness to sign the note! A believer in Christ shouldn’t don the cloak of anonymity. With kindness, I question the note writer’s Christian claim.

Calling oneself a Christian, yet writing such a vitriolic note both shocked and saddened me for it exposed the writer’s lack of Christian character. One must wonder if, indeed, the note writer understands what true Christianity is all about and, if so, does the Lord’s biblical teachings play any part in his or her reasoning. True born-again believers should be bold in their Christian stand, willing to express their thoughts with Christian honesty, while wholly unashamed to reveal oneself as a follower of Jesus Christ. Having written the note with scathing nastiness, yet leaving it unsigned was…gently stated... cowardly, and without Christian decency. After all, being a Christian goes far, far beyond simply mentioning a Bible verse and naming the name of Jesus!

If a person or persons disagree with what I believe in and write about, I am NOT offended in any way! After all, everyone has the prerogative to do so. But why expose one’s total abhorrence of someone’s opinion through an unsigned, bombastic written attack with no biblical ammunition? Why not express one’s opinion(s) with kind frankness, while offering solid biblical facts to buttress one’s differing viewpoint(s)? Could it be that the incensed writer had nothing to support his or her intolerant rant other than worthless, bitter words? Or could it be that the writer didn’t want to hear about God’s sovereignty?

Honestly, I am beyond puzzled as to why the results of our recent presidential election elicited such raw hostility and anger, especially from a supposed Christian. Claiming to be a Christian, shouldn’t the note writer be trusting in God in all things? Shouldn’t he or she be far more troubled and concerned about the eternity of lost souls instead of bemoaning who the American public democratically elected? Shouldn’t the note writer replace the outraged rants over the defeat of a certain political party and the election of Donald Trump with prayers for our country? Shouldn’t the assumed Christian realize that regardless of who the United States’ President is, God sees all, knows all, and is in everything including the government? "Let ever soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God." (Romans 13:1)

But regardless of the anonymous writer’s reason(s) for writing the scathing note, everybody, including the note writer and me, need to heed Ephesians 4:31,32 and set aside the sins of temper and tongue! "Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice: And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, EVEN AS GOD FOR CHRIST’S SAKE HATH FORGIVEN YOU".

If we are born-again in Jesus Christ, we should never be an anonymous Christian…but proudly visible in and for the cause of Jesus Christ!

With Christian Love…

Nancy Hamilton


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