A friend sent me this picture on Facebook. She shared it from Being Liberal’s Facebook page, but I don’t know the original source. The following is a copy of my response to her.
Abby, this slogan is wrong on so many levels I hardly know where to begin.
- “God prefers” – God has no “preferences” when it comes to people. He loves everybody, equally:
16 For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. (John 3:16)
True, He is able to have a more intimate relationship with some people than with others. But this is due to our preferences, not His.
- “Kind” – we can’t approach Holiness by being “kind”:
6 Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me. (John 14:6)
Think about it: if “being good” could get us God’s approval, how good would we have to be? 90%? 75%? Maybe 51/49? Do good deeds with bad motives count? How about bad deeds with good motives?
If our relationship with God is based upon our “being good” then a) you’ll never know if you’re saved or not, b) Christ died for nothing, and c) Christianity is just like any other religion
- “Atheist” – God loves us all, but how can He develop a relationship with someone who refuses to even acknowledge His existence? He wants to, He would love to, He’s reaching out to them, but they have shut Him out.
- “Hateful Christians”” – Christians are commanded to love:
36 “Teacher, which is the great commandment in the law?”
37 Jesus said to him, “‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ 38 This is the first and great commandment. 39 And the second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’” (Matthew 22:36-39)
So if someone calling themselves a Christian is hateful, then either a) they’re not really Christians, and are just as alienated from God as all those atheists they’re busy hating; or b) they’re being disobedient, in which case they can look forward to God’s disciplining hand (Hebrews 12:5-6). Having been on the receiving end of God’s discipline myself, I can tell you that it is Not Fun.
Sorry for the rant, I know this pastor meant well. But Christianity is about relationship above all, and this sign undercuts that.