The proof of God’s love is in the way his people treat the other people on this world. So when all the popular media shows is hate groups with picket signs and other examples of Christian extremism, it’s obvious that the world is not seeing God’s love, not truly. They are seeing a perversion of Christ’s message to love your neighbor as yourself. I would never want the funeral of a loved one to be picketed by a group of hate-filled, angry people who were using the Gospel as their proof that a loved one’s death was punishment for some greater evil.

There is evil in this world, but connecting the death of a soldier or a victim of a horrific shooting to the sins of others (except for the one who pulled the trigger) is not only unfair, but also simply unbiblical. When I hear of strangers grieving the loss of loved ones, my first instinct is to pray for God to help them, not to rejoice for God’s divine justice being carried out in the world. The book of Job teaches us that the suffering of this life is not always because of something we have done. It is simply a part of living in a broken world.

Christian writer Anne Lamott wrote, “You can safely assume you've created God in your own image when it turns out that God hates all the same people you do.”  

The book of 1 John, chapter 4, demonstrates God’s message of love:

 7 Beloved, let us love one another, for love is of God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. 8 He who does not love does not know God, for God is love.

20 If someone says, “I love God,” and hates his brother, he is a liar; for he who does not love his brother whom he has seen, how can[c] he love God whom he has not seen? 21 And this commandment we have from Him: that he who loves God must love his brother also.

Source: Biblegateway

When we mock others’ grief or use it to push our own agendas, we are not showing them love and compassion; we are showing them our own true selfishness. It is important for us to show love to everyone we encounter; how can you be an example of Christ’s true compassion today? How can we dispel the myths about Christianity that are portrayed in popular media in our own lives?

This post was written by Emily Haymans.