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How To Handle Non-Christians

How should we handle family who are offensive about our faith. Should we try to reason with them about what and why we believe or just walk away calmly and pray for them?

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 ---M.A. on 10/29/05
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Sometimes our buttons are pushed to see what we are made of. Show them Jesus if you can. Just let it roll off you like water on a ducks back. Poor your heart out to Jesus and Pray for them. If they won't receive the good new from you , that God will send labors into their path, someone who they will receive it from. Aviod strife. Stay strong in your faith, God is with you.
---Linda3939 on 11/10/07

Catheruine ... I think the reference there was to a physical battle, not the spiritual battle for peoples souls.
Forcible conversion or conversion under threat never works
---alan_of_UK on 4/27/07

It is not either words or changed lives, but *both/and*. The Bible also commands us to give reasons for our faith (1 Pet. 3:15) and demolish arguments (2 cor. 10:4-5). And Paul clearly states that the Gospel is propositional truth of Jesus dying for our sins and rising from the dead (1 Cor. 15:1-4), and says that people can't know this truth unless someone preaches to them (Rom. 10:14).
---Ktisophilos on 4/26/07

Catherine, I understand your point, but I would seriously imagine people avoid your "ministry" to them when you are so rough and hard with people. Yes, God uses tough things and people, but when we're obnoxious about God, it only turns others off, usually, anyway.
---Mary on 4/26/07

I am furious! And I will use the king of Assyria" as a club" to beat down you godless people. >>>ISA. 10,6
---catherine on 4/18/07

pray let god lead you. if you are not lead from god it will turn into a agruement
---sandra on 4/17/07

"Don't have anything to do with foolish and stupid arguments, because you know they produce quarrels." (2 Timothy 2:23)

Romans 2:4 says that experiencing God's kindness leads people to repentance.

How can you reason with someone who is offensive? Only God's love can break down those barriers.
---DoryLory on 4/17/07

family and friends are always the hardest to get to with the word. best way for us to help is just be ourselves and live the word as we should and they will see we are different and in time will desire to be like us if anything. for by our actions, humble attitude and peace and loving character, they will in time turn with the help of the Holy Spirit..we must never cease praying fo r them.
---jana on 9/11/06

Thanks Madison.
---M.A. on 10/30/05

M.A.: My prayer for my family and loved ones has been that they would get thirsty for God. I pray that they would hunger for Him. I also pray that when they are thirsty or hungry for God that a loving person will show them the way.
---Madison on 10/30/05

Thanks all. I'd like to add that when I am with my family and anyone mentions religion in any shape or form; glances get passed between them all as if they are saying "don't let's give her another chance to talk about Jesus or the bible". I now pray that God will send someone else to them, possibly a total stranger, who will be able to reap the seeds I've sown. Sometimes talking is the last thing we should do but each situation is different.
---M.A. on 10/30/05

I disagree with Melissa and Heather. Our witness should be our changed lives, not our words.
---Madison on 10/30/05

Talk with them about your faith every chance you get; I agree with everyone that beating it into them (or trying to) will only backfire. Go on living your life as you have been and lead by example, allowing God to show Himself through your words, your choices, and your actions.
---Heather on 10/29/05

What you can do is sit them down and just explain your faith and reasons for it. If they are still offended, just end it there, and pray for them every day. Don't allow yourself to get into a battle with them. I tried "hammering" it into my mom, and that just drove her away. They will see the change in you through your life and actions.
---Melissa on 10/29/05

Love them and let them know that if they want to ask you anything about your faith you would gladly answer them otherwise you won't bring it up. Live it but not preach it!
---Pierre on 10/29/05

I would say "I love you, and understand that you may not believe as I do. My faith in Christ is very important to me. It hurts me when you say offensive things. Please stop making negative comments. I will not make any comments to you about your beliefs as well."
---Madison on 10/29/05

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Always be true to who you are. Always pray for them and yourself. Never force your faith on them. The unsaved are only convicted by the Holy Spirit. Ask God to send someone to witness to your family and continue to let them see them see the 'salt and light' in you!
---Lisa on 10/29/05

Proverbs 15:1, "A soft answer turneth away wrath: but grievous words stir up anger."
Matthew 10:16, "Behold, I send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves: be ye therefore wise as serpents, and harmless as doves."
Matthew 5:11-12, "Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake. Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven:".
---Bruce5656 on 10/29/05

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