What To Do When Your Friends Attack Your Faith
To some Christians, it’s the worst possible thing that could happen to them. I’m convinced some would rather die a martyr than have their high school buddy, Chaz poke fun of them for being a church boy. As a matter of fact, can we make “Chaz” a thing? Ok, Chaz..you never left Clarksville, Oklahoma (edit: I thought it was a made up place…turns out it’s real. Chaz is so much more relevant than I thought.) and haven’t skipped a day of smoking pot since you were 13, but go ahead…make fun of my belief in the divine. I forgot that you took acid so you’re totally “woke” now because you can make straw man arguments about the universe and you once read a Hitchens book while listening to The Wall.
But enough of Chaz, an attack on your faith isn’t so bad. Even if it comes from somebody really close to you. Here are a few things you neeeeed to keep in mind before you react.
No Matter What You Say, You’re Bias To Them
This sounds cynical, but I’m not trying to be. I’m asking you to be self aware of your own convictions and own them. But at the same time, make it known that you understand their convictions and make those known as well. An attack on your faith is not an attack on you, and it may feel that way, but that’s only because most people don’t understand scripture. So in critiquing the very ideas that come along with it, they will assume you are all in at face value. But guess what, it comes with the territory of serving Jesus.
Blood of The Lamb Before The Testimony
Then I heard a loud voice in heaven say: “Now have come the salvation and the power and the kingdom of our God, and the authority of his Messiah. For the accuser of our brothers and sisters, who accuses them before our God day and night, has been hurled down.They triumphed over him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony;… Revelation 12:10-11
Let me ask you something. When you are confronted about your faith, what is your first response? When someone asks you why you believe in Jesus what do you usually say? I’ve heard everything from “I flip the question around and ask them why they don’t”(rude) to “I tell them my testimony.”(guilty). But here in scripture it reads that we overcome accusations by Jesus crucified first. So that would mean our response would have to be something like:
We can’t really say all this if we don’t know why Jesus is real. We can have the most incredible testimony in the world and still not know why we believe! I am sure not taking away anything from a testimony. It’s in the word. But it doesn’t stop there. Jesus says we need to love God with all of our hearts, souls, strength and….MIND! So our mind should be busy, learning about the character of our Father. Who He is in our lives, and how He works.
This isn’t so that you’ll be able to school your old buddies when they come at you, it’s so that you will continually fall so in love with God because He continues to be so real that no amount of atheist “theories” can cause you to doubt. Even if it’s friends who think they are doing you a favor by “freeing you from the shackles of Religion”. But we know, we’re prisoners of hope! Free to sin and bondservants (volunteer servants) of Christ Jesus.
The best part is, this easy believism isn’t permanent. We can grow out of it any moment. All it takes is a little attack on your faith from an old buddy. How ironic is that? God using something seemingly bad for His Glory.