The other day I was skimming some comments left on a social media outlet. Most were encouraging and kind. Some people had a different opinion but stayed civil in their expressions.
Then there was a third group. A much smaller but a very loud group.
Their opinions dripped with judgement, harshness, and condemnation. And the saddest thing of all? These were Christians attacking another Christian.
Honestly, I don’t get it.
I just don’t. As I read their comments it seemed as if they felt compelled to rip this person to shreds in order to prove their view. To show how knowledgeable they were and how off-base this other Christian is. And most disturbing of all they felt it their duty to “protect God.”
But God doesn’t call man to protect Him. He calls us to love Him. And love others. Christians acting ugly and justifying it under the guise of holding another person in check isn’t loving.
Matthew 22:36-40 says, “Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the law?” Jesus replied: “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”
Yes, there is a place to make sure others aren’t misaligning Truth. But we must do this carefully and first make sure we aren’t misaligning the Truth in our approach. Our response must contain these three things: justice, mercy, and humility. “The Lord has told you, human, what is good; he has told you what he wants from you: to do what is right to other people, love being kind to others, and live humbly, obeying your God, (Micah 6:8 NCV).
“It is right to see justice prevail. But it is wrong when my ego gets in the way- when I retaliate to prove that I am strong, that I am superior to the other person, that I am the almighty righteous cop for God.” (Bible commentary writer Michael J. Wilkins)
I guess I’m feeling a little sensitive about this subject today because I’ve had some personal ministry friends attacked and accused in the most vicious of ways. And a little of this yuck has slipped into my world as well.
Maybe this third group sees my ministry growing and assumes their words won’t effect me. Or worse yet, because my ministry is growing maybe they hope their words will effect me. Either way, it hurts.
The yuck has been from people who don’t know me … have never met me … and have never asked for any kind of clarification.
I know writing a simple blog isn’t going to fix this problem. But if it makes a few people stop and think before blasting someone – then it’s good. And most of all, if it reminds me to do what is right to other people … to love being kind to others … and to live a little more humbly – it’s really good.
God help us all.