Do you pray in public? (photo credit: Getty Images / Craig F. Walker / Contributor)
Do you pray out loud? What about when you eat out? What if another person berated you for this? What about if they criticized another person who was praying? Would you take up for them? This ABC News video, posted by What Would You Do, which you can watch it below, sets up a fictional scenario to see what people would do when they witnessed an atheist (actress) ask a family (actors) to stop praying over their meal at a restaurant because it was offensive to her.
In today’s inclusive, easily offended society, it can be difficult to know what to do in such a situation. This was set up only to see how others would react. It is difficult to know how we as Christians should react. Let’s consider what God’s word says about the issue of Christians being criticized and how we should respond. The Bible in Proverbs 15:1 says, “A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.” This verse implies that we as Christians should provide a gentle answer, instead of being harsh, mean or angry.
Some in the video got pretty heated about the situation, even telling the atheist that she should leave and “shut up.” Although this is an understandable, human reaction, this likely isn’t how God would want us to respond. Instead, according to the scripture, He would prefer we represent Him with kindness, love, and understanding. Therefore, although this was a fictional setup, it presents a good opportunity for us all to consider how we would respond to such obvious hatred of our faith. Unfortunately, this exact, scenario might one day become a sad reality.