I just read “She Yelled and Called Me Names” on Prodigal Magazine by Susan Basham. It’s not very long. You can read it pretty quick. Here’s a teaser:
“Pulling up to the loudspeaker behind her, I said “I want to pay for whatever the woman in front of me has ordered. And please tell her I hope she has a better day.” I meant every word.”
It is not merely saying that we are a follower of Christ that makes us a Christian. (Well, it might make us one initially as we weigh up what it means in our minds). But more than that our actions determine whether we are a Christian or not. If we aren’t showing the character of Christ, the world rightfully detects that something isn’t right with who we are, because we are claiming to be something we are not.
However, sometimes we don’t like the situations we are in, and honestly find them offensive. But how we react shows what we’re made of.
Matthew 5:44,45 – But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you, (45) that you may be sons of your Father in heaven; for He makes His sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust.
What I appreciated about Susan’s actions in the story is that she realized the emotions she needed were pity and graciousness. The devil likes to beat people up, and to mess with their lives. When they are affecting us negatively, they are as much, or more, a victim than we are. This is why Jesus prayed that the Father would forgive the people that were crucifying Him. They did not realize that they were being used as pawns.
Our role as Christians is to help people break free from being used by the devil, and to help them obtain the freedom that is offered to us all as children of God.