Video: Nellai Manikandan
The explicit intention of sharing this video is to get the Church to pray for people and parties, who use inflammatory speeches to instigate and divide people on caste and religion.
As followers of Christ, we should not be surprised. There is such profound hatred towards Jesus Christ in our nation that mocking Jesus has become great fodder in our society. Jesus said, “If the world hates you, you know that it hated Me before it hated you. If you were of the world, the world would love its own” – John 15:18-19
Christ is misrepresented. These remarks are ill-informed and disturbing, and should not even be said in jest. Yet, this in no way reflects the values of the majority of Tamil Nadu residents.
Nevertheless, we have an obligation to God to pray for our ‘neighbours’ (Matthew 18:15-17). In Christ there is neither Jew nor Greek, bond nor free. All are bought by His precious blood. (Gal. 3:28; Eph. 2:13.) No distinction on account of nationality, race, or caste, is recognized by God.
Showing Godly love and praying for our adversaries will change the way they feel about us.
By J. Lee Grady
I’m going to do what Jesus told us to do when people ridicule our faith. Here are three simple guidelines the New Testament gives us:
1. Don’t get defensive. We should not be shocked when non-Christians mock our beliefs. Jesus was mocked when He was crucified, and He told us that people would hate us because we follow Him. This is the high cost of being a disciple. When we embrace Christianity, we give up the hope of being popular. I don’t live for the world’s approval, and it’s crazy to expect people who have not had a personal encounter with Christ to respect my faith or applaud my morality.
Second Peter 3:3 says in the last days, “mockers will come with their mocking, following after their own lusts.” A common characteristic of this fallen world is mockery. Unbelievers sometimes mock God, take His name in vain, attack the Bible, make fun of churches and ridicule anyone who follows Jesus. Persecution should never come as a surprise to you. Don’t be shocked when it happens! Paul wrote: “All who desire to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will suffer persecution” (2 Tim. 3:12).
2. Never lash out in anger. In this world of social media outrage and shout-a-thon talk shows, we Christians think we have the right to jump in the ring and scream like everyone else to prove our point. But that wasn’t Jesus’ strategy when He was arrested, stripped naked, scourged and interrogated. When Jesus was being reviled, 1 Peter 2:23 says, “He did not revile back; when He suffered, He did not threaten.”
Jesus either answered plainly or kept His mouth shut. He trusted the Father to vindicate Him. If you are mocked for your faith, keep your cool and bite your lip. Don’t let angry people push your button. God will give you wise words to say if you let His love control your tongue.
3. Pray for your enemies. Jesus said it best in Matthew 5:43-44: “You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ 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.” How many of us actually obey that commandment?
Before you speak with a local abortionist, a gay activist or an atheist professor, adjust your heart before God. Jesus said we must (1) love those who attack us and (2) pray for them. Praying for those who are hostile to your beliefs will enable you see them from God’s perspective. He loves people—even those who mock Him. So should we. After you’ve corrected your attitude, you are more likely to say words that are inspired by the Holy Spirit.
I’ve been mocked for my Christian faith many times over the years. I’ve been called narrow-minded, fanatical, judgmental, Puritanical, Medieval, homophobic, Neanderthal and several choice words I can’t print here. I don’t hate the people who said those things. Instead, I pray they will discover the same mercy I found in Christ—and I pray they find it before they face Him when this life is over.