Dear Christian, Do You Really Love Others?
A simple six-question quiz to tell if your love for others is genuine.
1). The Coffee Shop
You’re sipping coffee in a cafe when you notice a woman at another table get up to get a napkin, leaving her coffee unattended on the table. As she does, a man walks by her table, pours an unknown liquid from a vial into the woman’s coffee, and quickly exits the shop. You immediately warn this woman of what just happened.
What you just did is . . .
You may have saved that woman’s life.
What that man slipped into that woman’s coffee is none of your business. It’s between him and her. Quit interfering with other people’s lives.
2). The Serpent
A child’s brightly colored ball rolls under a bush. He runs toward the bush to retrieve it, but you know the bush contains a rattlesnake nest. Just before the child reaches his hand beneath the bush, you yell for him to stop.
Yelling at this child to stop is . . .
You may have saved that’s child’s life.
Who are you to impose your beliefs about snakes onto this kid? His parents have a right to raise him how they see fit without your close-minded “snakes are bad” views being forced down his throat.
3). The Structure Fire
You are woken to the sounds of fire alarms and the smell of smoke in your apartment complex. As you hastily exit your apartment, you notice that no one has alerted your elderly neighbors who are deaf. You bang on their door and — upon receiving no response — you kick the door in to reach them.
Destroying their door and entering their apartment to alert them of the fire is . . .
They may have perished otherwise.
Did it ever occur to you that perhaps this couple is happy where they are, and don’t want to be woken from their slumber? If they’re happy, then just leave them alone.
4). The Bridge
On a dark and rainy night, you observe a family traveling home in their car, heading in the direction of a washed-out bridge. You flail your arms and holler, making every effort to get their attention to warn them as they approach.
Your roadside behavior is . . .
You may have prevented that family from encountering certain disaster.
All roads lead to their house. Who are you to tell them that the road they’ve chosen is wrong for them?
5). The Bank Robbery
While sitting in your car in the parking lot of a bank, waiting for your friend who’s inside making a deposit, you observe a man enter the bank wearing a ski mask and carrying a gun. You call 911 to report what you just observed.
Your judgment of this man’s intentions is . . .
Your friend and everyone else in the bank is clearly in harm’s way.
How dare you judge that man? “Judge not lest ye be judged!” Maybe his intentions are good and he will do no harm to the people inside the bank. You’re always so negative and looking for the bad in other people. Jesus would have never done that — you need to be more like Jesus.
6). The Final Judgment
You share with your friend the fact that his unrepentant sin will condemn him before a holy God and that because of his sin — a transgression of God’s moral Laws — he deserves God’s wrath (just like you and me). You further explain that any of his attempts to purchase God’s forgiveness by his own good works or obedience to the Law is futile because not only are we saved by faith apart from the works of the Law, but God’s grace is not earned — it is given as a gift.
You share with your friend that through a one-time sacrifice, God has provided forgiveness to sinners, but this unmerited favor toward sinners is only found in God’s Son, Jesus Christ, who ransomed us with His own blood — taking our sin upon Himself on the cross and, in turn, imputing his perfect righteousness to sinners.
You finish by telling your friend that Jesus’ sacrifice absorbed the wrath of God that your friend deserves. You urge your friend to repent and put his faith in Jesus Christ alone for salvation.
This discussion with your friend is . . .
It is the ultimate act of love.
What your friend believes about Jesus is between him and God. Who are you to impose your beliefs onto your friend? Did it ever occur to you that he might be happy just as he is? Who are you to tell your friend that the road he chose to God is wrong for him? How dare you judge your friend like that? Jesus would have never done that. You need to be more like Jesus.
J.L. Pattison writes for such publications as Liberation Day, Predict, The Startup, and The Writer’s Sanctuary. His articles have been featured at Mere Liberty and on Wretched TV. He’s also authored three speculative fiction books earning him favorable comparisons to Rod Serling, M. Night Shyamalan, and Ray Bradbury. Find out more at JLPattison.com.