October 31, 2007 Matthew

Christians as Haters and Judges?

It seems Christians are becoming more and more associated with hate in the Western world. You can always find a group of a people or even an individual pulling incredibly foolish stunts in the name of anything you want. It could be in the name of a religion, a politic, a company, or even a national culture. But judging an entire religion, politic, enterprise, or culture by a single group or individual is obviously going to give you inaccurate conclusions. The media does this all the time. When a conservative leader pulls something stupid the liberal media are all over it. When a liberal leader pulls something stupid the conservative media are all over it. When someone or some people associating themselves with Christianity pulls something stupid, the media are all over it. Because of the power of the media it is made to appear a like generalization from which we can all learn. But in the world of logic we call this a false attribution, contextomy (pulling out of context), and cherry-picking, among others.

Paul writes his letters to Christians. And this is interesting because Romans, which is such a letter, says this to some of them: Therefore you have no excuse, O man, every one of you who judges. For in passing judgment on another you condemn yourself, because you, the judge, practice the very same things. We know that the judgment of God rightly falls on those who practice such things. Do you suppose, O man—you who judge those who practice such things and yet do them yourself—that you will escape the judgment of God? Or do you presume on the riches of his kindness and forbearance and patience, not knowing that God’s kindness is meant to lead you to repentance? But because of your hard and impenitent heart you are storing up wrath for yourself on the day of wrath when God’s righteous judgment will be revealed. Romans 2:1-5

Bad ‘Christianity’ has always existed from the beginning, and it seems apparent to me at least, that Paul was aware of a “Christianity” comparable to what we see today: one that is not the real thing. Paul spent a lot of his life teaching about that too. Otherwise the blind just go on leading the blind.

Do Christians hate and judge everybody? Well if that’s the case, Christians need the gospel.

But to the wicked God says: “What right have you to recite my statutes or take my covenant on your lips? For you hate discipline, and you cast my words behind you. Psalm 50:16-17

The Rock, his work is perfect, for all his ways are just. A God of faithfulness and without iniquity, just and upright is he. They have dealt corruptly with him; they are no longer his children because they are blemished; they are a crooked and twisted generation. Deuteronomy 32:4-5

A man is commended according to his good sense, but one of a twisted mind is despised. Proverbs 12:8

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