It was an awkward, disagreeable discussion
Reference: “What business is it of mine to judge those outside the church? Are you not to judge those inside?” 1 Corinthians 5:12 NIV
Explore: We’ve recently had some controversy in the media with a Christian minister. Margaret Court, one of Australia’s most successful tennis players, is now a minister of religion and came out saying she would not fly Qantas Airlines because the CEO had supported marriage equality.
An evening news show invited her to speak to them, but due to the opposing views between Margaret and the show’s panel, it was an awkward, disagreeable discussion. Margaret was open in sharing her views, however, her opinions come from her particular reading of the Bible.
While I didn’t agree with Margaret’s particular stance, it was clear the show’s panel certainly did not believe in the same scripture she was referring to. In fact, I don’t think any of them would have called themselves practicing Christians at all.
And so, they were at a difficult impasse.
Application: It’s good to show people our beliefs by our actions, but if we expect non-Christians to understand our point of view then we are going to spend a lot of time disagreeing.
Our perspective on life is different to those without faith. Why would we expect others to live according to Jesus’ teachings when they’re not willing to commit their lives to Him?
Our concern should be more towards our own lives. Let’s continue to reflect on our own actions while learning more and more about Jesus, so we can live for Him rather than criticising others.
Prayer: Lord, prompt in me the changes I need to make in my own life and hinder my judgement of others. Amen.
How are your actions showing your love for Jesus?
This article was written by Linda Bailey
Linda started theological studies in 1999 in Australia. After working for ten years in various church ministries, she now works as the breakfast producer at 89.9 LightFM - the Christian radio station in Melbourne, Australia. She writes blogs every day about passages she is currently reading in the Bible. Follow her on Google Plus +Linda Bailey or Facebook by clicking the like button on the right of this page.