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What to do when people make fun of the Apostolic Faith?

Submitted: 8/8/2006
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Question: What is the best Christian way to react when people make fun of the Apostolic faith? I get so mad, but I keep it inside because I know they just don't know any better. What would Jesus want me to say or do?

Answer: In Philippians 3:18 Paul wrote, 'For many walk, of whom I have told you often, and now tell you even weeping, that they are the enemies of the cross of Christ.' There are always people around who consider it foolish to live a life consecrated to God. These are the people David spoke of when he wrote: 'Do not fret because of evildoers, nor be envious of the workers of iniquity. For they shall soon be cut down like the grass...' (Psalms 37:1-2). The proper attitude toward these people is sadness, not anger. Paul said, 'I tell you even weeping.' Paul did not get mad at such people. Instead, he wept for their lost condition. These people do not see the light. They are walking in darkness, headed for destruction, yet they can't even see where they are going. So keep your spirit in check and pray that God will give you a genuine compassion for those who don't know Him.