What kind of memories do people have of you? When people think of you, do they smile or are they thankful for your friendship?
Apostle Paul wrote to the Philippian Christians, "I thank my God every time I remember you." - Philippians 1:3
This week the United States Supreme Court overruled part of the Defense of Marriage Act paving the way for wider acceptance for gay marriage and many Christians are dismayed and upset.
Some gay marriage opponents have been very outspoken on Facebook and Twitter blasting the judges. I sympathize with the opponents but wonder if they are harming our witness by some of their aggressive comments.
The early church had to contend with intense persecution. Most of the apostles were martyrs for the faith. Inspite of its difficulties though, the early church was filled with people that lived out the Gospel with love for their opponents.
Aristides the philospher wrote about the early church at approximately 125 A.D. Here are his words translated into English:
They walk in all humility and kindness, and falsehood is not found among them, and they love one another. They despise not the widow, and grieve not the orphan. He that hast distributeth liberally to him that hath not. If they see a stranger, they bring him under their roof, and rejoice over him as if he were their own brother: for they call themselves brethren, not after the flesh, but after the Spirit of God; but when one of their poor passes away from the world, and any of them see him, he provides for his burial according to his ability; and if they hear that any of their number is imprisoned or oppressed for the name of their Messiah, all of them provide for his needs. . . .
“And if there is among them a man that is needy and poor, and they have not an abundance of necessaries, they fast two or three days that they may supply the needy with their necessary food.”
It is my prayer that as you and I interact with nonchristians on Facebook and Twitter, that they will see the love of God in our words and deeds ... and that it will change their perception of Christianity.