What would you do Wednesday!
I have no idea how often something similar to today’s scenario happens, but I know it does.
While catching up with one of your fellow Christians, you ask about their family. Your friend says,”Most of them are well, but I’m not sure about my sister since we aren’t talking anymore. She’s pretty much out of my life now.”
Pausing, you ask, “What in the world are you talking about?”
Your friend explains that for years the relationship with their sister has not been the most fruitful. There has always been some underlying, unidentified tension, but you’ve always been cordial to one another. There was never any fighting or anything. There have been passing remarks from the sister’s husband from time to time on Facebook including some vulgarity. Yet, know they don’t share the same Christian worldview, some the of comments and vulgarity sort of come with the territory.
However, the gauntlet was finally thrown down by the sister explains your friend. A slight political disagreement ensued which could have ended easily by cordial conversation about the actual topic. During this “dialogue” your friend shared the gospel and God’s love in an attempt to reconcile and calms things down. Instead, the sister and husband began throwing out f-bombs, vulgar names, and ridicule of your friend’s Christian faith.
What seems to have happened is the sister and husband showed their true thoughts about your friend and your friend’s faith. Heartbroken, your friend made one last plea of reconciliation, but to no avail. So, the unbelieving family was unfriended on Facebook who intern blocked your friend.
Your friend is now at peace with the decision to move on explaining that the door is open if the family wants to reach out, but with all the hate they expressed it was time to dust the sandals off and move on.
What would you do?
- Advise your friend to offer continued reconciliation and wait.
- Advise your friend to offer reconciliation and leave them alone.
- Encourage your friend to fire back in righteous anger.