Just in from the AP “Muslim who converted to Christianity sues church for publishing baptism news“.

OK, so you’re Muslim, you convert to Christianity but you don’t want it shouted from the rooftops. I can understand this. In fact it’s not all to uncommon in much of the world today. If the underground church in many nations surfaced and shouted from the rooftops one might argue, “Who will carry on the work?”

This is kind of a mixed bag. As believer’s we should tell the world – but even the early church as recorded in the New Testament used wisdom and discretion. We do not see accounts of believers en masse shouting from the rooftops. They were courageous and shared their faith – sometimes publicly, sometimes privately but I can’t think of a single instance where it was done secretly or the other extreme “in your face”.

We in the “free” world have a difficult time grasping what much of the world goes through when accepting Jesus Christ as savior and denouncing the former ways.

Additionally, I do not expect a new convert to understand the instruction given in 1 Corinthians 6 regarding taking our lawsuits before the world. However, not knowing any background details it seems to me that there was:

  1. an inadequate relationship breech by one or both parties so that his man had no one to talk to about the harm the church needlessly caused him
  2. or this man felt the response of the church was wholly insensitive
  3. or he is simply seizing the opportunities of a litigious society

So where is all this headed, you ask? Discipleship 101. Maybe, just maybe, this could have been avoided if someone built bridges and took this man under their wings, nurtured, mentored and even advocated (albeit after the fact) with church leadership and this man to reconcile.

Close friendships have the best chance of avoiding the pitfalls of 1, 2, and 3 above. THAT’S what the Christian faith is about.

“He answered, ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind’; and, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.'” Luke 10:27

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