My friend, may I ask you a question? When it comes to knowing what’s right, is it proper for a Christian to express this to others? Or, are we being judgmental when, moved by our faith, we tell others about how God expects them to live?
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Did you ever hear this? “Well, what’s right for you, may not be right for me. We both might be right.” I’ve heard that more often than I wish to admit. It’s called moral relativism. “If we’re both right, we’re both happy and we’re both equal. And, isn’t that what living in society is all about?” In other words, standards to live by are old fashioned. Only prudes lives by them and to insist that others live by the same standards that you do is, well, being judgmental. Right?
When it comes to knowing what’s right, is it proper for a Christian to express this to others? Or, are we being judgmental when, moved by our faith, we tell others about how God expects them to live?
Here’s a comment from Richard Mouw: At a recent gathering of seminary professors, one teacher reported that at his school the most damaging charge one student can lodge against another is that the person is being “judgmental.” He found this pattern very upsetting. “You can’t get a good argument going in class anymore,” he said. “As soon as some- body takes a stand on any important issue, someone else says that the person is being judgmental. And that’s it. End of discussion–everyone is intimidated!” Many of the other professors nodded knowingly. There seemed to be a consensus that the fear of being judgmental has taken on epidemic proportions. Is the call for civility just another way of spreading this epidemic? If so, then I’m against civility. But I really don’t think that this is what being civil is all about. (Uncommon Decency, Richard J. Mouw, pp. 20-21)
Christian civility does not commit us to a perspective that everything is relative. Being civil doesn’t mean that we can’t criticize what goes on around us. Civility doesn’t require us to approve of what other people believe and do. It’s one thing to insist that other people have the right to express their convictions; it’s another thing to say that they’re right in doing so. To say that all beliefs and values are equal is to endorse moral relativism – a perspective that is incompatible with Christian faith.Christian civility does not mean refusing to make judgments about what is good and true. Besides, it’s impossible never to judge. Even telling someone else that he is being judgmental is a rather judgmental thing to do!
We pray. Heavenly Father, we are brought up from childhood with the all adage, “Never judge others. That’s up to God.” Yet Father, when we observe behavior in others, especially those we love and respect, those as well that belong to the Church, are we to shrug our shoulders and simply walk away without saying a word? If we know the truth, but fail to present the truth, aren’t we just as guilty as the sinner for not sharing the truth with them? Forgive us Father when we neglect to share the truth because we are afraid to pass “judgment” on others. We know that only You can judge, but You give us Your Word and it reveals the truth to us. Help us to share what Your Word reveals to the sinner when we are confronted with sin. Remind us that this is not judging, but showing good Christian judgment. Only You can judge a heart, but we can share the truth. In Jesus name we pray. Amen!
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