TWFW: Meanness and the Religion of Nice

August 12, 2009

WFW

Therefore, laying aside all malice, all guile, hypocrisies, envies, and all evil speakings, as newborn babes, desire the pure milk of the word, that you may grow thereby… 1 Peter 2:1, 2

The kids and I recently studied this portion of scripture. I looked up “malice” in the Greek, and the word means “meanness.” Hm, says a lot. Because where I don’t think I have been exactly malicious, I do know that I have been mean. And this kind of mean is the mean that comes either through one’s upbringing or an event that causes you to be spiteful or just plain mean. I’m sure we can all think of times where we have been mean. I know too many, more than I want to remember. :S

Peter is talking to the church here, and I think he is giving some really personal insight on this stuff. Look at how he was, as portrayed in the gospels. Actually, look at all the apostles! I wouldn’t exactly call them the bastions of lovingkindness and servitude! They were real people with real qualms and quirks. And even after they were filled with the Holy Spirit, they still had their struggles with each other. But the point is– they didn’t walk that way. And when they got into squabbles and contentions, they repented. For some, it took longer than others, but they were all united toward that one goal- proclaiming the good news of the risen Messiah, and helping one another during their time together here.

Contrariwise, they weren’t hypocrites, either. They didn’t live by that “religion of nice,” as I call it. In other words, being a Christian doesn’t mean “being nice” to people. That is NOT being a Christian! Christians stand up for righteousness, for truth, for the innocents– and there is nothing wrong with using bold speech and being forceful. Just as long as we are not malicious. aka, mean. 😀

I hate the depiction of Christians as wimps. When I first started getting onto the Internet, I used to visit various Christian chat rooms. There was this one guy there from India (I assume he was a guy, and I assume he was really from India) who said he hated Christians. He said that his uncle had allowed his own daughter to die during a robbery, because this uncle would not defend himself nor his family, saying Christ wants Christians to “turn the other cheek.” Well, that’s a terrible understanding of what Christ was saying, and I said so. So the guy then asked me if I would shoot a robber who entered my house. I said I would if he was threatening my children. The guy was incredulous, and asked me again, “You would kill him?!” I admitted that I would probably wind up hitting him in the leg or something because I was a terrible shot, but you better believe I’d defend my children, to the death.

That example is probably an exaggeration of the point I’m making– Christians are not wimps. We are not called here to be “nice” and make the world a kum-bay-yah better place. And we are not called to use and abuse people for selfish gain, either. There’s a time to being forceful and a time for being moderate, and if you are really Christ’s, you’ll know when those times are. But according to scripture, being “mean” is always uncalled for.

So if you’re going to shoot someone, shoot them with a smile. :grinny: I’M KIDDING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

(Oh great, I’ll probably get a billion emails from idiot kooks who have no sense of humor…. lol See I’m SMILING!) 😀 Happy Wednesday, everyone!

6 Responses to “TWFW: Meanness and the Religion of Nice”

  1. Lisa Says:

    Jesus said to turn the other cheek, not to be a doormat. 🙂

  2. Karen Says:

    God gave us brains to use when we are in difficult situations.

  3. Hecules Mulligan Says:

    Great post! That last spart made me rofl! See? I’m smiling! –>:rollingpin: No hate mail from me! 😀

  4. Hecules Mulligan Says:

    Ugh, that icon didn’t turn out right. I meant to say:

    See? I’m smiling! –> :rollingpin:

  5. Jim Wetzel Says:

    “There’s a time to being forceful and a time for being moderate, and if you are really Christ’s, you’ll know when those times are.”

    {sarcasm}What??? You mean DISCERNMENT is required??!!!? Oh, boy, if I’d-a known that was coming, I’d-a thought twice … give me some nice simple rules & regs, all black and white, so I don’t have to think. Makes my head hurt, every time!{/sarcasm}

    Good post!

  6. akaGaGa Says:

    “Christians as wimps” What bothers me most is the idea that Christians only say “nice” things to one another – no rebuke, no “Wait a minute!” Just agree with everyone, no matter what they say or do.

    Hogwash! If we don’t speak the truth with love, we’re helping our brothers and sisters live a lie. Some help!

    “I solemnly charge you in the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who is to judge the living and the dead, and by His appearing and His kingdom: preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort, with great patience and instruction.” (2 Timothy 4:1-2)

    We do need to speak truth with love and with patience, and be sure that’s our motivation, but speak it we must, or we ourselves become liars.