The term “Christian” has become an almost taboo word in today’s society. Most people think of a Christian as someone who goes to church, believes in God, and snubs their noses while judging the rest of the population who does not go to church or profess some religious belief. So, why would one want to be defined as a Christian? To look at it from both sides, why would one not want to be a Christian?
Society has become so ‘self-important’ and ‘me’ focused that the term Christian is a completely different direction from where everyone is heading. It is like a favored team’s quarterback throwing the football to the opposing team’s running back—on purpose! Why is this so? Well, for starters, the true meaning of the word has been forgotten. A Christian does not look upon him or her self as perfect and having the ability or the right to judge others. A Christian is one who follows the example of the Christ Jesus in everyday life and situations. Jesus Christ was expected to shun sinners and to turn his back on those who were considered the lowest class or who were ostracized by society for an illness, or a sin. An example of this expectation is found in the bible of John 8:1-11. A woman was about to be stoned because she was an adulterer. In that account, Jesus Christ challenged her accusers by asking for anyone without sin to cast the first stone. Of course, no one fit that description. They could not fit it then and neither does anyone fit it today.
In addition to the true meaning not being remembered or even known, there is also the problem of false worshippers and religions. Many churches, clergy, and congregation members profess with their mouths that they are Christian while their conduct and their actions say just the opposite. If one were to look at someone who was simply ‘professing’ Christianity without ‘conducting’ it, what difference would they see between a Christian and a worldly person? At a time when church leaders are in the news for flagrant immorality such as pedophilia, and adultery there is no wonder proclaimed Christians are mocked. Congregation members are just as unloving, unforgiving and selfish as the next atheist, if not more! People today are living the prophecy described in the bible book of Timothy in Chapter 3. Where it says, “But know this, that in the last days critical times hard to deal with will be here. 2 For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, self-assuming, haughty, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, disloyal, 3 having no natural affection, not open to any agreement, slanderers, without self-control, fierce, without love of goodness, 4 betrayers, headstrong, puffed up [with pride], lovers of pleasures rather than lovers of God, 5 having a form of godly devotion but proving false to its power; and from these turn away. 6
That last scripture leads to the last but certainly not the least of all reasons that Christians are mocked. We live in the last days. Critical times are here. Satan has but a short while to prove what he tried to prove in the Garden of Eden when he tricked the first woman, Eve. He wanted man to question God’s right to rule and his sovereignty. His intent was to prove that Jehovah God, who He is, what He is, and how He is –is a lie. In Genesis, he began this quest that is coming to an end when he said to Eve regarding the tree of good and bad, “you positively will not die. For God knows that in the very day of your eating from it your eyes are bound to be opened and you are bound to be like God knowing good and bad.” Today, Satan is still on his quest but he is more than ever desperate to bring reproach to God and his son Jesus Christ because he knows that his time is limited and he wants to bring death to as many of God’s people as possible. God, however, wishes that none should perish but that all will be saved.
Many who mock Christians are philosophers who believe that science can explain away the creations and the wonders of this world that are obviously not ‘man-made’. The bible has many accounts of God using simple, humble people to carry on his message of faith. The more a man feels or believes himself to be ‘educated’ the more difficult it is for God to use him. Pride and self-reliance become a crutch and thoughts of superiority surface. Satan plays a very important role in this form of deceit. It is Satan who would have man to believe that they have no need for their own creator. It is Satan who would cause society to mock true Christians. In the end, it will be Satan who will become a mockery for all the righteous followers of Christ and Jehovah God.