It’s most shameful witnessing Christians who seem to erroneously believe Christianity is mostly about being blessed with personal prosperity, wealth, and protection from enemies.
Yet, forgetting that the cornerstone to Christianity – as Christ Jesus Himself taught – is about a true relationship with Him, that leads to a Holy life, whereby we are led by love, joy, peace, long-suffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.
Jesus said that true Christians should be known for, loving their enemies (NOT ‘sending back to sender’, as that is akin to ‘an eye for an eye’, that Christ rejected), blessing those who curse us, doing good to those who hate us, and praying for those who spitefully use us and persecuted us (Matthew 5:44).
Christians are supposed to show love, patience, goodness, and kindness even to those who don’t agree with us (and, even insult or mock us).
Why should we not? We ourselves sin against God everytime (as, “There’s none righteous, no, not one – Romans 3:10), yet, whilst we were still sinners, God loved us so much that He gave His own Son, to die for our own sins, that we may have life.
Christianity is about living a righteous life (which is only possible by the leading of the Holy Spirit, who strengthens us with might in the inner man), as Christ said, “For I say to you, that unless your righteousness exceeds the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven” (Matthew 5:20).
Sadly, as Christians, we have painted a very bad image of Christianity and Jesus – by being focused more on worldly lusts (esp, wealth, partying, etc), with absolutely nothing to show for our Christianity.
We are self-righteous. We are hypocritical. We are self-conceited. We are selfish. We are vindictive.
The same as were the scribes and Pharisees. In fact, we are far much worse than them – yet, Jesus commanded that we be more righteous than them.