One of the saddest things to see is how many Christian "leaders" spend a lot of time tearing each other down. Not just disagreeing, mind you, but tearing people down with invective. No, I'm not (usually) referring to the "Anglo-Saxon" kind of invective we learned on the school bus, but rather describing different viewpoints as "pathetic." That, or the bitterest forms of sarcasm are used upon a real or imagined theological opponent.
I have no problem with one person rejecting or refuting another's view point, but too often a line is crossed. Some examples:
Read some KJV-only advocates about those who use modern translations--or some modern translation advocates about those who use the KJV. Or hymn singers, psalm singers, or modern chorus singers. Or witness mockery between covenant and dispensational theologians, or between camps of the same theological tradition. It's positively brutal out there sometimes.
Now all of these issues are important, and deserve to be debated. Every once in a while, we even need to debate an issue regarding salvation.
But that said, it seems we all too often forget that the end result of grace ought to be, well, graciousness. Have so many of us truly forgotten the lesson learned by the man who owed ten thousand talents? Sometimes it seems that we have.
Those who have forgotten this are, by the way, the "other kinists" I referred to in an earlier post. It's not based on race or ethnicity, but it's every bit as intractable a problem.
And so I wonder if we Protestants are truly split that deeply on theological lines, or whether we're simply holding a grudge from when we were slighted by someone else. I think that more often than we like to admit, we're holding a grudge.
So let's be gracious. Let's show the same kindness to others that Christ showed to us.
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