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Month: July 2014

What Have I Done Today?

I did not read Scripture today,

But I made sure to read the latest blogs
I devoured quotes from the the old dead guys,
And I listened to the best Christian podcasts,

That’s what I did today.

I did not pray today,

But I read the prayer requests from my friends,
I gave hearty assent to those who complain we need more prayers,
And I joined an online prayer group,

That’s what I did today.

I did not teach my children the Word today,

But I debated theology online,
I refuted my fellow brethren on their doctrinal beliefs,
And I proved I am the best debater in cyberspace,

That’s what I did today.

I did not share the gospel today,

But I complained about the lack of growth in my church,
I shared all those articles about the loss of Christian liberty,
And I signed a petition to let prayer back in school,

That’s what I did today.

I did not sing praises to God today,

But I complained about the lack of theology in worship,
I sent off a fiery letter to my worship leader about supporting that questionable band,
And I blocked that “Christian” station on my radio from playing,

That’s what I did today.

I did not edify my wife today,

But I posted an article on failing Christian marriages,
I rebuked an elder at church for what he let his wife say,
And I pointed out some “good marriages” to my wife saying we need to be like them,

That’s what I did today.

I looked at the state of my life today,

My children are in rebellion,
My wife is in pain,
My church is in shambles,
My walk with Christ is stagnate,
And I have no one to blame but me,

That is what I realized today.

Christian, what are you doing today?

God’s Law in Evangelism: Are We Judging People?

man-and-gavel-silhouetteWhen it comes to evangelism, there is a big divide between those who believe the law of God must be used and those who claim such use is judgmental and thus state it should never be addressed. For the purposes of this article, I want to address some of the objections that are given by those who oppose the use of the law in evangelism.

Thou Shalt not Judge

Most objections center on Matthew 7: 1-5 in which Jesus Christ states, “Judge not that you be not judged. For with the judgment you pronounce you will be judged, and with the measure you use it will be measured to you. Why do you see the speck that is in your brother’s eye, but you do not notice the log that is in your own eye? Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when there is the log in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother’s eye.”

The primary reason that this passage is used is the very clear statement in verse 1, “Judge not that you be not judged.” It would seem that Jesus made a very unambiguous command that Christians are not to judge other people. Therefore, many Christians see that telling a person they are sinning by pointing to God’s law is making a judgment of that person. Since Christians are not to judge others, to point out another person’s sin is a clear violation of this command. Were this verse to be the only statement on the matter, perhaps they would be correct. However, the context of the following verses actually defines what Christ meant in this command.

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