Every day we read, see and hear a lot of things. With the advancements in technology, the information keeps coming. Some of it is well worth the time, some of it we don’t have time for and the rest is worthless or worse.
I have openly admitted that I am not on Facebook. That doesn’t mean that I don’t know about some of the things that get posted. Some of it is good to know about, personally I can’t get enough of screaming goat videos, but most of it is TMI (Too Much Information) or just worthless or worse.
My bride shows me some of the things that family and friends post. Because I get to work and travel with Cam, I have been introduced to the world of Meme’s. Now some of them are downright hilarious. One of my favorites is a chicken walking through the parking lot of a KFC with the caption, “Yea though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death.”
Makes me laugh just thinking about it. Whoever created that meme deserves a pat on the back.
As we grow in our walk with Christ, should we be more aware of when the Gospel is misused? When we read, see or hear someone take scripture out of context, shouldn’t we notice?
Which brings me to some of the worst. There were two meme’s that Cam showed me that just made my skin crawl. One said, “Worry about your own sins, you will not be asked about mine.” Another said, “The Bible clearly states that all sin is equal. No sin is greater than any other. And we are not to judge another for theirs because we have our own to be judged for.”
In my opinion, these two statements clearly misrepresent scripture.
Do you agree or disagree?
“Anyone who runs ahead and does not continue in the teaching of Christ does not have God; whoever continues in the teaching has both the Father and the Son. If anyone comes to you and does not bring this teaching, do not take them into your house or welcome them. Anyone who welcomes them shares in their wicked work.” 2 John 1: 9-11 (NIV).
If I see someone molesting a young child, should I just turn away because that is not my sin? Or by ignoring it, has it become my sin? If I know that someone is getting behind the wheel of a car under the influence of alcohol, should I just keep rocking along because I’m not the one drunk? If one of my children is living with someone out of wedlock, should I just ignore it and think that it’s what kids do today? Or should I share with them that God has another standard?
When we become aware of sin, in our lives or in others, and say or do nothing about it, we become complicit. Silence means agreement. Does that mean that we should be up in everybody’s business? Of course not. But it doesn’t mean we turn a blind eye or deaf ear either.
If anyone believes that the two meme’s are true, then how do you parent? Maybe that’s the point. We don’t have to parent because it’s the kid’s sin, not mine.
“See to it that no one takes you captive through hollow or deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the elemental spiritual forces of this world rather than on Christ.” Colossians 2:8 NIV).
The world has taken Matthew 7:1 and turned on the afterburners. Not giving any regard to what Jesus said in the following verses. If someone comes to you about a sin in your life and your response is “You can’t judge me”, haven’t you just judged them? How do you know that they haven’t been on their knees and dealt with the plank in their own eye so that they could come to you about the speck in your eye?
It’s about balance. It’s always about balance. We don’t need to be Pharisee’s and we don’t need to ignore everything because we just want to love. Jesus fulfilled the law and loved us. He is our standard. He is our example. He is who we should strive to emulate every moment of every day.
Do we love people enough to care about and try to lead them away from sin and death, or do we love them so much we will let them suffer and struggle? Will we wash our hands or lend a hand?
As followers of Christ, we must be honest, humble and open to another brother coming to us about sin in our lives. It is not enjoyable or easy, for either one. But it is needed. I need it. It won’t make you the most popular guy in the world or Blount County but wouldn’t it be better to right with God? Truth presented by someone as flawed as we are does not make it less truthful.
“For the time will come when people will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear. They will turn their ears away from the truth and turn aside to myths.” 2 Timothy 4: 3-4 (NIV).
Do we notice when scripture is used out of context or misrepresented? If we do, what are we doing about it? A lot of people clicked “Like” on the meme’s. The world constantly does this. The world will admit that Jesus was a good man, a prophet. True. But is that all? The world will say that God loves us. He does, unconditionally. But is that all? Doesn’t he call us to seek Him and seek to be Holy?
“Iron sharpening iron.” Good words that we like to say. But at the end of the day, just words if not put into practice. Half-truths are just lies we try to live with so ours and others feelings don’t get hurt. Anything short of the truth of God’s Word leads to death.
My prayer is that we would speak and live truth and recognize when it’s not.
Run to the Cross!