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Monday, January 30, 2017

Dear Christian, You can't Win.

Don't argue with fools. 
There is an old gambling saying: “You can’t lose what you don’t put in the middle”. However, what I’m witnessing on social media and news websites is: we have way too many Christians “going all in”! What I mean by that is we are wasting precious time arguing with people whose only motivation is to attack Christianity (and Christians) directly and by proxy. This is clearly evident when you witness non-believers and spiritual reprobates suddenly quoting Bible scriptures and proselyting like a possessed carnival barker. While their positions have the veneer of pure kindness and altruism, there is something inherently rotten at the core: the hatred of God. Yes, I said it because it is true…they hate everything Christianity stands for; they hate you! Now they would never have the guts to come right out and say it, but they do.

So what should we do?

I always try to make it a point to not mix Kingdoms (sometimes I fail). What I mean by that is, I keep my focus on the things God views as important as opposed to worldly systems. These things were not only written in the Ten Commandments, but they were also broken down further by Jesus when HE answered the Pharisee in Matthew 22 concerning ‘what is the greatest commandment?’: “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’38 This is the first and greatest commandment. 39 And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’[40 All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”

When we make it a point to do this, it forces us to adjust our paradigm and separate the wheat from the chafe. The only thing I feel obligated to share with non-believers is the gospel and I try to do this according to I Peter 3:15: 15 But in your hearts set Christ apart [as holy—acknowledging Him, giving Him first place in your lives] as Lord. Always be ready to give a [logical] defense to anyone who asks you to account for the hope and confident assurance [elicited by faith] that is within you, yet [do it] with gentleness and respect. (APM)

In closing: 

Are you a gambler?
Do you feel the need to defend your political viewpoints?
How do you handle those who are diametrically opposed to your beliefs?