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Topic: Like a Fish Out of Water (10/24/13)
TITLE: Mud Covered Fish
By Ramona Cook
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I read in on-line blogs some statement made of someone's "religion fact," and then the list of accusing begins, all in the name of "defending the faith."
I would be happy to see real information dispersed by the Contenders, real light shed upon the thing they see as error. However, too often the list of "How stupid can you be," and insulting name calling becomes exhausting to read.
Jesus indeed reacted to error in most of the cases chronicled in the Scriptures, but not by berating and accusing the person.
As Christians we are to speak out, but not in hateful speech that further alienates a person; rather our speech should be for their good and to convey truth in a way that is enlightening, not frightening.
When Jesus pointed out the sins of individuals in a group, as He did when they accusingly brought the woman taken in adultery to Him, He did not wag His finger and verbalize. He stooped and wrote their sins in the dirt on the ground, we assume this; but to this day we do not know what the sins of those men were; we only know that they each one walked away with no further accusations or demands against the woman.
The difference between us and Jesus is that He is The Judge, and we are not. It is true that we can know what sin is because God has judged some things to be sin, and we may certainly agree with God; we are not however, to accuse and abuse those who sin even the worst of sins. We may pray for them and we may bind the spirit that operates in them, but we do not abuse and accuse them on a personal level. The Devil is The Accuser.
I wish all of the bloggers who practice ?Christian? Mud-Slinging would consider whether you are really a Spirit possessing Christian, or if you are harboring a "religious spirit," which by the way, is not a God thing.
When a Christian is slinging mud, they are out of their element, which is the Water of the Word. Water is life giving, cleansing, washing away the mud, bringing light, and hope, and desire to the hearers or readers to become Godly.
Mud is heavy, thick, grimy, covering the truth from view. Think about it, those who are using mud cannot pick up the mud without becoming muddied.
Come on, that mud can be washed away; let's go for swim in the Water of the Word.
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