After watching the exchange between you and the street preacher in the brief video clip below, I felt compelled to respond.
I am not privy to the conversation between you and the men before the video began rolling so I do not know what was said, but honestly, what took place beforehand is irrelevant and does not justify what was said to you by the one with the microphone. How you were treated was appalling, despicable, and reprehensible.
It is obvious that the man insulting you and calling you names was speaking from a position of prideful arrogance and as one who does not fully understand the pit from which God saved him from (although his behavior would lead me to seriously question if he truly has been saved from anything).
On behalf of Christians, I want to publicly apologize for how you were treated. This man does not speak for, nor did his actions represent genuine, biblical Christianity. Instead, he displayed a sinfully self-righteous attitude reminiscent of that of the Pharisees.
I see very little difference between his behavior and that of the clan from the Westboro “Baptist Church.” Both come from a position of I’m superior to you because you’re a sinner, instead of coming from a position of I am a sinner saved by God’s undeserved grace and was facing God’s justly deserved wrath until He saved me for His glory.
God is opposed to the proud but gives grace to the humble (1 Peter 5:5). The man insulting you showed absolutely no humbleness nor concern for your soul, but instead displayed an abundantly self-righteous attitude revealing that the impetus behind his behavior was nothing but sheer pride. His harsh and demeaning words to you exposed not only his utter lack of understanding of God’s grace and God’s mercy, but it also revealed what was in his heart (Luke 6:45) as well as his astounding ignorance of the very gospel of Jesus Christ that he claims to represent.
I seriously have to question the salvation of any professing Christian who revels and delights in the prospect of someone facing Hell–ridiculing and insulting them–instead of grieving for that perishing soul. For not even God takes pleasure in the death of the wicked, but prefers for the sinner to turn from their ways (Ezekiel 18:23).
Now, does any of this mean that you have nothing to worry about? On the contrary. This man’s prideful treatment of you does not change the fact that you are still a sinner in need of a Savior. Before you die in your sins you need to know that God will bring every one of your acts to judgment (Ecclesiastes 12:14) and He will judge you without pity (Ezekiel 7:3-4). This is why we are told that it is a terrifying thing to fall into the hands of the living God (Hebrews 10:31).
Every person born (including you, the man with the bullhorn, and me) have all sinned against an infinitely holy God and we all deserve God’s just punishment. But knowing that we could never save ourselves because we could never obey His law even if we wanted to (Romans 8:7), God provided a way. He sacrificed His own Son as a substitute to pay the price for our sin. He didn’t have to; He doesn’t owe it to us; and we don’t deserve it.
For while we were still helpless, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. For one will hardly die for a righteous man; though perhaps for the good man someone would dare even to die. But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from the wrath of God through Him. (Romans 5:6-9)
This is why God’s grace is so amazing, Rosie, and it’s available to you this very day.
If the man who spoke so harshly towards you was truly a recipient of God’s grace, there should be nothing for him to be prideful of, but instead it should cause him to fall on his face in sheer awe that a holy God would save a wretch like him in spite of all that he’s done, and it should cause him to lament for those who are currently without God’s grace; not insult them. Those who have been forgiven much, love much (Luke 7:47).
Please know, Rosie, that in spite of our vast ideological, religious, and worldview differences, I am not your enemy. And what you experienced in this video was not Christianity. It was simply the sin of religious pride cloaked under the guise of Christianity. But never forget that this man’s actions do not absolve you of your need to repent and turn to Christ for the forgiveness of sins, for God has fixed a day when He will judge the world (Acts 17:30-31), and he has provided a way to save you from the coming wrath, Rosie, and that way is only through the sacrifice that He provided, His Son, Jesus Christ.