How to Handle Modern Day Pharisees

A couple days ago the Supreme Court ruled by a 5-to-4 vote that the Constitution guarantees a right to same-sex marriage. Some people rejoiced, Christians and non-Christians alike. The decision is one that shows the current state of our world. Christians who hold onto Biblical values are being socially persecuted. Here are 3 ways to respond to people who question your faith.

How are you responding? Are joining in the online debates? Are you spouting out Scripture about homosexual sin and trying to get people to see the Bible, or are you sharing the Gospel, trying to get people to see Jesus? Jesus dealt with naysayers who tried debunk his Truth with hypothetical situations in Matthew 22. What can we learn from Jesus?

3 Ways to Respond to People Who Question your Faith

Jesus was questioned by the Pharisees about paying taxes. Pharisees tried very hard to obey God, but eventually they became so devoted and extremist in small parts of The Law (plus all that they themselves added to it), that they became blind to the Truth. In Matthew 22, they are questioning Jesus trying to stump him and prove that He is not the Messiah. I love how Jesus answered their question.

He answered them simply. The Pharisees asked if they are to pay taxes. Jesus asked the Pharisees whose picture on the money.  Jesus then said, “Render therefore to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s.” Matthew 22:21 Jesus didn’t quote a bunch of laws and verses. He didn’t condemn the Pharisees, though he did call them hypocrites when they asked him the question. He simply stated his answer. No further statements. 

Next the Sadducees tried to stump Jesus. They asked him about the Resurrection and who is married to who in the after life. I like Jesus’ answer. He said, You are mistaken, not knowing the Scriptures nor the power of God.” The world doesn’t know all of the Scriptures. They don’t know the power of God. We are in love with Jesus because we have experienced his power and his grace. The world has not. You can’t really have a debate with someone about Christian values, who is not a Christian. They can’t understand. Honestly, there are parts of Scripture I don’t understand and I have been to Bible College. I have faith though, because I have seen God at work in my life. Jesus does go on and answer their question, but I like how he starts off his answer. You have to know your Bible and the power of God. Some people of the world may know the Bible, but miss the power. 

Finally, the Scribes try to stump Jesus. A lawyer asked Jesus about the Greatest Commandment. Jesus said to him, “‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself. On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets.” It all boils down to loving God and loving others. My  hope is that when Christians are defending their beliefs they are doing it with an air of love and not of righteous indignation. We are to leave a good taste in the mouth of unbelievers.

Online debates in comment sections never change anyone’s mind because the discussions get pretty heated. Remember to respond to people who question your faith like Jesus did. He gave simple answers, knew they were speaking from unbelief, and brought it all back to loving God and others.

 

 

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