He shifted uncomfortably on the hard ground and strained to hear. The sporadic coughs erupting from the people around him made it difficult to pay attention to the words of the teacher He leaned forward, hoping that a few inches would make a difference; and then the words began sliding into him: “…are the meek, for they will inherit the earth…” (Matthew 5:5)
When Jesus climbed up the mountainside to teach the crowds that had flocked to Him in Matthew 5, His immediate focus was on laying out what a Christian should look like. A Christian is one who concerns himself or herself with humility, being merciful, giving to those in need, and making peace. James 1 tells us that God defines true religion as a pure lifestyle and taking care of orphans and widows.
Therefore, an “arrogant Christian” is a clashing contradiction of two fundamentally different belief systems. The person who calls himself or herself a Christian and yet functions from an arrogant attitude has not fully grasped God’s heart for what it means to be a follower of Christ. Jesus defined Himself by His humility (Matthew 11:30) and He expects the same from His followers.
With that being said, Christians are called to be intolerant of other religious views. This is the mandate of the Great Commission, in which Jesus commanded, “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.” (Matthew 28:19-20) However, this kind of intolerance does not involve blowing up abortion clinics, defacing houses of worship, or harming people of other faiths. Christian intolerance should instead look like persistence in prayer, boldness in preaching the gospel, and a commitment to stand against injustice. It has zero anger against people. It rejoices in truth.
Jesus said that the fullness of the law was summed up in love. (Matthew 22:40) If we truly believe that people who do not follow Jesus are in danger of eternal punishment, we are required to tell them; the same concept applies if we see a potential accident unfolding that the driver of our automobile does not see. If we do not warn them, we do not love them. Christians must share their faith to fulfill the commandment to love God and love others. However, we cannot approach a conversation about Jesus with a superior attitude, but rather as servants fully aware of the love of God for other people.