“It’s fine for you to have your religion, but just keep it to yourself. Why do I have to hear about it all the time? I’m glad it helps you, but it’s not for me.”
Ever heard that? We’ve all heard these complaints one time or another. So the question is – why are some Christians sooo “pushy” with their beliefs?
Well, I think first we have to distinguish that some Christians are not as pushy as others. I think we are talking about the Christians who always talking about ‘what God is doing in their life’ or trying to witness/spread the word at all times.
Now, there can be those who fit those descriptions who are doing it for the wrong reasons and those that are acting that way for the right reasons. The fact of the matter is – we are ALL human, and all have the ability to act outside of how we should. So, although the following discussion doesn’t encompass all “pushy” Christians, I hope that it will give some sort of a logical understanding to why some Christians stand out in the crowd.
True Christians believe that when we accept Christ we are born again (John 3:3). 2 Corinthians 5:17 says “if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!” According to this, Christians SHOULD stand out from the crowd.
The Bible also teaches us that we recognize Christians by their fruit (Matthew 7:16). The real-life application of this is: do people represent Christ in their daily lives? To know what this looks like we have to look at the life of Christ. Christ did not keep his “religion” to Himself. Every time He spoke, it was either to recite scripture (“It is written”), or to teach about how to come closer to God. If the Christian that offends you sounds like this – they are doing it right! I think even atheists should agree that to call yourself a Christian and remain consistent in those beliefs, that person should appear a little strange to the world in general.
The Christian lifestyle is at odds with what the world teaches us. The world teaches us that we should be on the lookout for number one, ourselves first and foremost. The world teaches us that whatever feels good and makes us happy is what we should go for. The world teaches us that we came from nothing and we are just a more evolved version of a pool of slime. This world teaches us that this life is it – so grab all you can. The world teaches us that as long as you don’t get caught – it’s fine.
Christians have a new outlook on some of these foundational dogmas. Christians believe that each person is a child of a Heavenly Father, created in His image, and for His glory. Christians believe that true happiness is not found in the things of this world, but only those things that are eternal. Christians believe that the real you is the person you are when no one is looking.
When crucial beliefs clash like these, people get uncomfortable and therefore feel threatened. The very nature of their world around them is questioned, and they cannot allow that to happen. If they allow that to happen, then their world crumbles around them – and they cannot live the way they used to. THAT is why people feel threatened by Christians.
This confuses a lot of non-Christians because they see so-called Christians on both sides of the aisle. Some are more “in-your-face” with their beliefs than others, and therefore they just write off the more sensational ones and determine that they would like all Christians to be like the more “quiet” ones.
The fact of the matter is that Christianity is a growing process. Everyone is on a different level. Think of it like a ladder. Every Christian is on a different rung, some higher up that others. As you move up a rung, you get closer to God and understand the truth even clearer. As you understand the eternal importance of Christianity – you get more vocal. It does not mean that higher rung Christians are better than others, but just that God has taken them to a higher place for a reason. I think all Christians should be striving to move higher, and that this entire life is a journey up that ladder.
If you are a Christian and truly believe in God and Heaven – why would you not want to share that with others? Why would you want to keep that to yourself? Those who are quiet and keep their faith to themselves may want to examine themselves. What are the things you view as important? What kind of things fill your downtime? That is who you are.
And to atheists who feel threatened by Christians – why would you fight that? Isn’t that the level of freedom you wish to live by? Where you can practice your (lack of) beliefs freely?