We are encouraged to support our brothers and sisters in Christ to do the same.
So how does it all go so wrong?
How do we end up in arguments and pushing others away from Christ?
Being Biblical isn't the same as being right.
Let us think back to the story of Mary and Martha. A
As Mary sat at the feet of Jesus listening and learning, Martha chastised her for not helping in the kitchen.
Dear ladies, who was right?
For every verse in Galatians celebrating that we are saved by grace alone there is a verse in James that says faith without works is dead.
The idea that a man is the head of the house and a woman ought to submit is Biblical.
So are purity laws and all those found in the Old Testament.
But which are right?
This is where we run into trouble.
Arguments are NEVER a good way to discover Biblical truth.
When two people hold fast to their faith and relentlessly argue over who is right each can find just as many verses as the other to support their side. It leaves no one convinced of anything except that they are stubborn, rude and dismissive.
Being right for the sake of being right avoids doing the right thing.
Is arguing over who is more right worth losing the person you are witnessing to?
Someone you may not know is listening may make a decision about Christ based on what they hear you saying....it is still worth the argument?
Frederick Buechner defines what it means to be a Christian in this way:
Jesus said, "I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father, but by me" (John 14:6). He didn't say that any particular ethic, doctrine, or religion was the way, the truth, and the life. He said that He was. He didn't say that it was by believing or doing anything in particular that you could "come to the Father." He said that it was only by Him — by living, participating in, being caught up by, the way of life that He embodied, that was His way.
Ladies, I want you all to think deeply on this this year. Who we are online, while we are grocery shopping and when we think no one is watching speaks volumes for our Lord. What are we saying?
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