Freedom of speech in Nigeria took a new turn when social media came, because we can now vocalize our thoughts, desires, opinions and whatever we want basically, but it began to irk me when Christians decided to take advantage of this to bash each other. I mean, it is now more or less, absolutely normal to see Christians attack one another on social media.
If seeing this disgusts me and makes me wish I could open the eyes of my brothers and sisters in the faith to how wrong they are, then I wonder how Jesus Christ feels about members of his body, his bride, speaking against one another and finding joy in dragging one another not just within the church, but for the world to see.
If only these Christians could see just how much harm they are doing, perhaps they would reconsider. Over and over, Apostle Paul admonished the church on how they should relate with unbelievers, but more importantly, with each other. We have the same Spirit, we are all born of God, we are siblings and in Christ, we are one. We are a body.
In Galatians 6:10, Apostle Paul said, ‘As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all men, ESPECIALLY unto them who are of the household of faith’ (Emphasis mine). This is not rocket science. How do you expect to do good to an unbeliever with a genuine heart of love when you have not done so to your brother? That would merely be hypocrisy and religion at play.
A fellow Christian is joined to Christ, just as you are. Your brain wouldn’t do what it knows would harm your heart, your hands would not do what they know would harm your eyes. Every part of your body works together to keep you in perfect health. Similarly, there should be unity and love in the body of Christ.
The early church was a clear example of this, they shared all that they had within themselves and the rich were willing to sell their property to meet the needs of their not-so-privileged brothers and sisters. It is appalling that the exact opposite is what we see in the church today. Christians see nothing wrong with extorting one another, bashing one another, calling one another names, and I’m left to wonder, where is the love?
Jesus never condemned Peter after he denied Him; he didn’t send Judas away after he betrayed Him. That is being love-personified.
Apostle Peter in 1 Peter 4:8 (Amplified version) said, ‘Above ALL things, have INTENSE and UNFAILING LOVE for one another, for love covers a multitude of sins [FORGIVES and DISREGARDS the offenses of others]’ (Emphasis mine). The love that God has for man is intense and unfailing. That is how we should love our brothers in the faith. It is non-negotiable.
Talking down on fellow Christians will get us nowhere. Bashing them openly, rather than correcting in love will get us nowhere. You have the Holy Spirit who has shed his love abroad in your heart as well as the heart of every other Christian out there; this means that you are a Love-Being. You are love-personified. Please, act like it.