How do you react when faced with opposition? Most of us, myself included react with anger or irritation. We then proceed to talk down to those arguing against us and it can be over the most trivial subjects. What does the bible say about this?
A great deal. I’m paraphrasing this one, but the apostle Paul said that when witnessing for Christ in a city and your message is rejected, dust yourself off and move on.
And a more recent example I’ve run into is that of Daniel. Yes, we’ve all heard the story off how he and his friends obeyed God rather then break down under pressure to eat the royal food which violated God’s law. That is a very important point, but equally important is the nature of their resistance.
“Please test your servants for ten days : Give us nothing but vegetables to eat and water to drink. Then compare our appearance with that of the young men who eat the royal food, and treat your servants in accordance with what you see” Daniel 1:12-13
Let us be reminded that Daniel is speaking to one of his captors overseeing him and his friends after their homeland was conquered. Once taken away their names were changed, their clothes, right down to their language. Yet, his request was polite and leaving plenty of room for his beliefs to speak for themselves. Oh how much we have to learn today.