Some would say the world is getting worse. In some ways I would have to agree. I didn’t think I would ever see the kind of apathy that is shown today towards Christianity and godliness. I suppose we shouldn’t be surprised though. It’s not as if the Bible didn’t warn us that godlessness would occur.
“There will be terrible times in the last days. People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of the good, treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God- having a form of godliness but denying its power. Have nothing to do with them.”
(2 Timothy 3:1-5)
But it’s the Christian reaction to these actions that has been, in many ways, confrontational. I’ve seen many blog writers on these very pages use their platform to argue with atheists or others who love to use their time to berate and belittle those who profess a belief in God. I understand that we are tasked to bring the gospel to the world. If we take our discipleship in Christ seriously, we must follow his command in Matthew 28 to go into the world and baptize people in His name.
Sadly, the approach for many Christians is to argue with those who have no desire to hear the gospel. Or, we’ll argue with those of different doctrinal beliefs so we can prove them wrong and prove ourselves right. This does nothing but breed contempt for the good Jesus would have us teach. Sure, others who have no love for God will stop at nothing in order to persecute us with their words. They’ll attack Christians with claims of ignorance or bigotry.
In the end, there’s no sense arguing with someone who has no desire to listen. As 2 Timothy says, when people become “lovers of themselves” and have no desire to hear the saving message of Jesus, “have nothing to do with them.” Their influence will only have a negative effect and keep us from teaching those who are searching for the truth. Remember, “a fool finds no pleasure in understanding but delights in airing his own opinions” (Proverbs 18:2) and “do not answer a fool according to his folly, or you will be like him yourself” (Proverbs 26:4).