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Right from the start, the Christian is incapable of hate speech. Surprised? All our endeavours are to be propelled by love, so that fellow man may be saved. 2 Timothy 2:24-26 NIV "24. And the Lord’s servant must not be quarrelsome but must be kind to everyone, able to teach, not resentful. 25 Opponents must be gently instructed, in the hope that God will grant them repentance leading them to a knowledge of the truth, 26 and that they will come to their senses and escape from the trap of the devil, who has taken them captive to do his will." The current definition of "hate speech" was crafted by the world to actually combat Christians. So that they can't proclaim the Gospel with respect to certain sins like homosexuality. But we stand fast on the Word. Acts 4:19 NIV But Peter and John replied, “Which is right in God’s eyes: to listen to you, or to him? You be the judges!" Where the laws of men contradict the Word/Law of God, we are not subject to such human law. Which will precipitate the final persecution of true Christians in these end times. Halleluyah! Bless.
I don't mean to offend but I disagree with your definition of hate speech. Jesus would have been guilty when he called Herod a Fox, and when he called the Scribes and Pharasee hypocrites. Also he told many Jews that their father was Satan. Why do you think they tried to stone Him - because he was so gentle with them? I don't think so. You need to re-evaluate what you believe is hate speech.
As evil continues to overtake our country, I think of Eric Bonhoeffer,“Silence in the face of evil is itself evil: God will not hold us guiltless. Not to speak is to speak. Not to act is to act.” — DIETRICH BONHOEFFER. Not Jesus, bot committed to Jesus.
it seems to be that what the anti-Christian and the Christian description of hate speech is very different. The non-christian hate speech:is speech or criticism that is often unfair evaluation of another's, opinions and actions, many times it is the result of their "toes being stepped on, with the intention of hurting their others. Many times it is anger speaking without any attempt to be fair. Christians criticism is not always fair, either, but the Christian is usually angered by totally different things that the non-christian, as in unfair treatment of others, dishonesty, hatred in others of fellow citizens. Christians are more critical of themselves than non-Christians and will "reign themselves in", when they see they are about to lose control of their tempers. Christians try always to remember, "hate the sin, love the sinner" because we realize that we all come short of GOD'S desire for us.
A typical example of correcting in love and not to use hate speech is found in Acts 17:16-24,when Paul went to Athens and found out that although they worship idols they still acknowledge that there is a Supreme God who was unknown. Out of love Paul did not condemn them but showed the the way tho the unknown God. Such is expected of us Christians and that is what we Christians stand for. The standards of the bible is not subservient to any other law.
As a matter of fact the gospel offends the self-righteous. It offends those who call evil, good. It offends those who justify and practice sin as a lifestyle. It's equivalent to going up to a stranger and saying to him, "I have some bad news for you". And the man replies "what's that?" And you reply, "from head to foot there's nothing good in you. You are bankrupt of anything righteous." How do you think he will react? Well, you had better hope you are larger and stronger than he or he might just punch you in the nose! Why? You have offended him! In his eyes you speaking hate speech.
Here in the USA we have an interesting quandary. According to Romans 13, we are to obey the law of the land. So if certain speech, such as saying homosexuality is a sin is banned, then we should not say that. But, we have the First Admendment of the Constitution, which gives us the freedom of speech and the freedom to exercise our religion. So which law do we obey?
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