Many people in America have never heard the term Christianophobia. It’s a very real thing. Don’t believe me? You know how to use Bing and Google, right? Check it out!
Have you ever went out trying to witness to people about the saving power of Jesus Christ? If so, you know what it’s like to walk up to a house just to see the curtains draw shut, hear the television shut off, and have the residents pretend they aren’t home. I used to believe that was because people feared we were Jehovah Witnesses or Mormons. You know, the folks who go back to the same house over and over again in short periods of time? (Recently, one showed up at our house and asked if she could come inside to show us a video.)
Recently, I was thinking about some of the folks I have tried to witness to in the past – whether it be while door-knocking or just talking to co-workers or random people I have met in different places.
I remember handing my cash along with a gospel tract to a female toll collector a couple of years ago. She took the money and pushed the tract back toward me and said “I will take your money, but I will not take THAT.”
Thinking she just didn’t understand what I was giving her, I said, “It’s just a gospel tract, Ma’am. I thought you might want something to read if things slow down in a little while.”
I pushed it back toward her and she got angry. She said “I told you I don’t want THAT!” The look on her face was one of anger, frustration, and yes, there was a good possibility she was a Christianophobe.
I think back to a former supervisor who would ask me what my beliefs were. When I would open up my Bible to show it to him, his face would turn red and he would say, in almost a yell, “Get that thing away from me!”
Last summer, I knocked on an apartment door. A man in a wheelchair opened it and as soon as he saw my Bible, said, “No, I don’t want to come to your church.”
I had never been to his apartment before. I said something like, “Sir, can I ask you a question? Do you know for sure if you died today, that you would go to Heaven?”
Around that time, his dog ran out the door. The man ignored me and angrily took his dog and went inside, slamming the door behind him. That man didn’t know me from Adam. He didn’t like me simply because I was a Christian. Or was he afraid of me? Did he suffer from Christianophobia?
So what causes Christianophobia? I’m sure there are plenty of opinions on the matter. I can’t share anyone else’s. I’m just going to take a stab at it based upon things I have seen and heard over the years.
First, let me ask you… why do you think Stephen was stoned? Why do you think people wanted to kill Jesus? Why do you think John the Baptist was beheaded?
Christian people have not been appreciated or respected since Bible times. It seems to me it is because of a simple little word – conviction. Have you ever been around someone who seemed to have a lot of talent in an area you wish you were talented in? Have you found yourself getting a bit frustrated when you try and try and try to master a skill and that person picks it up naturally with no effort whatsoever? Did you go to school with anyone who could ace any mid-term they wanted to without even studying? How well did you like that person? How about teachers’ or supervisors’ pets?
Lost people that suffer from Christianophobia aren’t necessarily afraid of what the Christian will do to them. The presence of the Christian, the words the Christian speaks, the life the Christian lives convicts them. It makes them realize Heaven and Hell are real. It makes them realize we can’t all live our lives any way that we feel like living them. Well, we can and people do, but that isn’t the right way to do things. We have a Creator whom we are supposed to respect and honor. A Creator who taught us what is right and what is wrong. A Creator who rewards those who honor His will and who will pronounce judgment on those who refuse.
In other words, Christianophobia – the thing that causes Christians to be rejected from society – isn’t so much that Christians are bad people. It’s more that people who have not yet had their sins forgiven don’t want to think about their sins. They don’t want to worry about their life after death. They would prefer to just continue their lives in sin without giving any thought as to how that will affect them later. Being around Christians scares them because it makes them realize they might be mistaken and they would rather keep their eyes closed than have that possibility enlighten them.