Recently I finished two books on my British missionary heroes, David Livingstone and CT Studd. Both books were very informative and helpful in understanding the life and labors of these men of God.
In both books, however, it was very discouraging and sad to read so much of how Christians treated each other. Brothers and sisters in Christ were rude, vindictive, accusations through letters and publications. I would not necessarily say this was a national trait, but it was sad to read how the missionaries from the British Isles would treat each other even to the point of slander. It seemed as if no one got along (or wanted to) with each other.
Even though I learned much from both books, they were depressing. Does that mean this we are to only read books that encourage us and not face the realities of life and learn how we should live? As God’s people should we be rude, crude, and despise others? Or as Christians should we not obey the Word of God? Colossians 3:10-12 says, and have put on the new self who is being renewed to a true knowledge according to the image of the One who created him-- a renewal in which there is no distinction between Greek and Jew, circumcised and uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave and freeman, but Christ is all, and in all. So, as those who have been chosen of God, holy and beloved, put on a heart of compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience (nasb). Instead of being rude and bitter today, let’s be kind and humble.