Monday, April 1, 2013

Where's the line?

I didn't plan on writing a post today, but there's something bothering my heart.
I'm writing for wisdom, for thoughts of others, as long as they are kind!
I, in no way mean to offend anyone, or put others down, so please remember that.

Lately, whenever I log into my personal facebook I see ugly status' staring at me.
Ones, that don't just disagree with my faith, but flat-out put it down.
I see words like, "I don't care what you're Bible says..."
And "...the only thing that resurrected today was my taste for video streaming online..." Or words about how Easter really isn't about Christ, but really has always been about sex/fertility.

To some, it may seem silly to get upset by these things.
My heart, however, is sensitive to these things.
I get frustrated and angry.
I've responded a time or two, trying to just have a conversation,
trying to just explain Jesus.
However, nothing changes and I still come across these posts.
Lately I've been just hiding them from my newsfeed, but I am just sick of seeing them.

My question is at what point do you stop putting up with your faith being attacked?
At what point to you delete those people, so your heart doesn't have to see it?
I'm torn between protecting my own heart and letting them see Jesus through me.
There's a line? There's a balance, isn't there?


  1. I say keep on girl. Personally I completely understand. But remember Jesus said we would be hated just as He was/is. You keep on pulling closer to Him and find your worth in His words

  2. I don't like people putting down anyone's beliefs. Yes you can express your opinion but do so with respect and dignity. Some people these days are just down right rude and nasty especially when it comes to faith. It makes me sad to see as well. I have lots of friends with different beliefs to my own, but they don't say or do derogatory things about faith. I am sorry you have to deal with people who don't have the same respect.

  3. Oh girl. It is SO frustrating and I haven't been seeing nearly as nasty of status' as you have. I have to be honest, I don't know where to draw the "line" I have struggled with this too. What I will say, is I won't usually respond to things like that because they won't listen anyways and they are just wanting a reaction. I know how hard it is to do this, but pray for them. I know people say that often and it's just something we are supposed to do.. but we really are called to pray for our enemies. We are also told to (He has shown you, O mortal, what is good. And what does the LORD require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God) Which says so much about what we should be doing. Try seeing those people as people who are lost and hurting. They don't get it because they don't understand the significance of who Jesus is and what it meant when He rose from the dead so Easter to them is whatever they make it to be. I think the reason it gets to us so much is because it is so sad. We know the truth and long so desperately for them to just see it too. I hear you girl, I am right there with you.

  4. It is hard, isn't it? It seems like it's such a hated thing to love Jesus and proclaim anything about your love for him and yet anyone else can post away whatever their heart desires no matter how hurtful and crude it might be. Don't forget that Jesus knows. It's ok to hide the ones who hurt a lot. There's a time and place for everything, and sometimes, you just need a break from the things that are just too hard. Don't forget that lashing out is not at you but at the One that someday, everyone will have to answer to. He knows your heart. He loves you no matter. There are days to be bold and there are days to recharge. No matter what, you are amazing and He loves you.

  5. i totally get this. i have been thinking about this a lot lately. first things first, if they do not know Christ then we cannot hold them accountable to the same standards as we hold ourselves. it sucks, but its the truth. here is the rule i came up with for myself: if these things cause me to stumble, sin and be hateful, then i have decided that i need to remove it from my life (aka, delete them from fb, etc) ... but if i can practice patience and love on people that do not deserve it, then i can be more Christlike. i can only imagine the terrible things that people said about Jesus to his face and he was so gracious. if i feel led to confront someone about their actions, i always try to maintain truth and grace.

    1. Very well state, Elizabeth!! I totally agree with your comment!


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