When the enemy rejoices: a footnote to ‘Christianity in crisis’

It is a favorite pastime of unbelievers, especially atheists, to take jabs at Christians and rejoice when bad news about Christian churches comes out. They love to flock to news sites, especially Christian news sites, to leave their comments to mock, joke, and put down all things Christian. If Christians weren’t around for them to attack, I really believe they would see how empty their lives really are and that no matter what they do, they would find no genuine peace. Here are some statements I’ve read recently by God-haters:

In order for churches to shed their hypocrisy, homophobia, and other “negative” images, they must stop using the Bible.

The Bible is a book of fiction and Christians are weak-minded for believing it.

Worshipers are the most narcissistic, dishonest individuals to exist.

The Bible is historically inaccurate.

Religious people shouldn’t get preferential treatment just for believing in some invisible man in the sky.

Sometimes criticism of Christians’ behavior is deserved. However, unbelievers tend to have a “kick-them-when-they’re-down” mentality that shows they really lack concern and are just glad to have an opportunity to vent their hatred. And in venting their hatred, they have the audacity to proclaim “we can be good without God,” somehow not being aware that hating people and wishing them the worst is not being good. In contrast, true Christians who criticize bad behavior do it because they love good and know that a person or situation could have been better if only God’s principles were followed to bring about genuine good since God created all humans, including atheists, with a sense of right and wrong.

But thanks be to God, in spite of the sins going on in the Christian realm, we still have promises from God through the Lord Jesus Christ, “For all the promises of God in him are yea, and in him Amen, unto the glory of God by us,” 2 Corinthians 1:20. And these promises are aimed directly at enemies who rejoice over us Christians when we fall:

Rejoice not against me, O mine enemy: when I fall, I shall arise; when I sit in darkness, the Lord shall be a light unto me. 

9I will bear the indignation of the Lord, because I have sinned against him, until he plead my cause, and execute judgment for me: he will bring me forth to the light, and I shall behold his righteousness.

10 Then she that is mine enemy shall see it, and shame shall cover her which said unto me, Where is the Lord thy God? mine eyes shall behold her: now shall she be trodden down as the mire of the streets. Micah 7


15 Lay not wait, O wicked man, against the dwelling of the righteous; spoil not his resting place:

16 For a just man falleth seven times, and riseth up again: but the wicked shall fall into mischief. Proverbs 24


23 The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord: and he delighteth in his way.

24 Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down: for the Lord upholdeth him with his hand. Psalm 37


When our enemies rejoice over us, thank God it won’t last forever. All we have to do is ask forgiveness with genuine sorrow for our wrongs and continue to press forward in our relationship with God.

Harry A. Gaylord


3 thoughts on “When the enemy rejoices: a footnote to ‘Christianity in crisis’

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  1. As hard as it is, Christians shouldn’t be offended when they are persecuted for their faith. We should “count if all joy” and continue to bless them that persecute us. i saw some recent news events where “Christians” were on the offensive and it was disturbing because it is confusing to unbelievers since they weren’t acting any different from them.


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