It’s often said, that Christians are the most intolerant people around. While radical Islam, or the hard-core Islamist, go about their business of bombing, running airplanes into buildings, killing their own children for what they persive to be the loss family honor, and on and on, we Christian are said to be the cause of so much hate and discontent in our society.
We are called homophobic, mean-spirited, hypocritical, narrow-minded, and many other names, some of which I am sure I can not repeat nor would I because that type of filth is not in my heart, but I digress. It must be a part of the Christian character that these names do not move us into submission. I myself will not allow the name calling, due to the ignorance of those doing the name calling, stop me from The Great Commission, you can find it in, Matthew 28:18-20. And remember ignorance is not name calling, it is a lack of knowledge. Many just do not know or understand the life of a true Christian. Without knowing the individual, people attack the body of Christ, the Christian faith, as a whole. This in itself is not fair, and shows a lack of tolerance on behalf of many in society towards the Christian faith.
It is true that there are many bad examples in the church amongst clergy and laity, and even more so in this era of the “New Age Religion”. The church has succumbed to the attacks and is trying to be a more society friendly, politically correct church. We the church have forgotten that the very nature of our faith is society friendly. A true friend always tells the truth, and this is what is unwanted in society, the truth.
Phinehas’s actions based on todays mentality, aside from the fact that he would have been charged with a double homicide, would have been considered over the top, an unnecessary judgement, an “it don’t take all of that” action. Well, it may seem like that to some, and even some in the church that are afraid to take a stand against unrighteousness, that is, that which is antagonistic against the righteousness of God.
Herein lies the question I will leave with you. If Phinehas’s action seemed over the top, extreme, even fanatical, and this being both to the Hebrew children, Zimri, and the heathen nation, Cozbi, why then was God pleased with Phinehas to the point of making a Covenant of everlasting peace with him and his family to come?
Interesting is’n it? We may not be able to run sinners through with javelins, whether they are saved or unsaved, but the zeal we have to use the word of God in His defense must be the same.
Hebrews 4:12 states, “For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.”
Remember, God loves the person but he hates the sin. He is not a respect of persons. His word comes to all that will receive it.
I Peter 4:17