Monthly Archives: November 2015

Right and Wrong Discrimination.

Can You Discriminate between Unfair Discrimination and Wise Discernment?———————————-

dis·crim·i·nate\dis-ˈkri-mə-ˌnāt\
 • :to unfairly treat a person or group of people differently from other people or groups (Bad)

 • :to notice and understand that one thing is different from another thing : to recognize a difference between things (Normal)

Discrimination has been so loosely used by many that I think we forget that in some cases you need to discriminate or evaluate some people, not on physical appearance or color but behavior. The Bible calls us to discern and distinguish, and in some cases avoid certain people. Certain people who behave and live a certain way.

(We are called to guard ourselves against those who have a bad tempers.)
Proverbs 22:24-25 Do not make friends with a hot-tempered person,do not associate with one easily angered, or you may learn their waysand get yourself ensnared. 
(We are called to warn people who like to start things, then disassociate from them.)

Titus 3:10-11 Warn a divisive person once, and then warn them a second time. After that, have nothing to do with them. You may be sure that such people are warped and sinful; they are self-condemned. 
(We are called to avoid an immoral or greedy person who claims to follow Christ)
1 Corinthians 5:11 But now I am writing to you that you must not associate with anyone who claims to be a brother or sister but is sexually immoral or greedy, an idolater or slanderer, a drunkard or swindler. Do not even eat with such people. 
(And we are called to not associate with lazy bums that CAN work but choose to mooch because they do not want to work.)

2 Thessalonians 3:10-15 For even when we were with you, we gave you this rule: “The one who is unwilling to work shall not eat.” We hear that some among you are idle and disruptive. They are not busy; they are busybodies. Such people we command and urge in the Lord Jesus Christ to settle down and earn the food they eat. And as for you, brothers and sisters, never tire of doing what is good. Take special note of anyone who does not obey our instruction in this letter. Do not associate with them, in order that they may feel ashamed. Yet do not regard them as an enemy, but warn them as you would a fellow believer. 

Another great example is the discernment between loving as Christ would yet not being naive and trusting everyone.

“Burn me once shame on you, burn me twice shame on me”

Can we all agree that some people are not worth our trust or vulnerability. Jesus said, “I am sending you out like sheep among wolves. Therefore be as shrewd as snakes and as innocent as doves.” Matthew 10:16
“Do not give dogs what is sacred; do not throw your pearls to pigs. If you do, they may trample them under their feet, and turn and tear you to pieces.” Matthew 7:6

Obviously it is not wise to blindly trust everyone, especially those people you know are very capable of harming you since they have a history of doing so.

So let us not say discrimination of character is no good, however, it is wrong to mistreat or treat less then someone who is less fortunate or mistreat on the basis of physical appearance.
After all, “man looks on the outward appearance but God looks at the heart” 1 Samuel 16:7

-James 2:1-4 My brothers and sisters, believers in our glorious Lord Jesus Christ must not show favoritism. Suppose a man comes into your meeting wearing a gold ring and fine clothes, and a poor man in filthy old clothes also comes in. If you show special attention to the man wearing fine clothes and say, “Here’s a good seat for you,” but say to the poor man, “You stand there” or “Sit on the floor by my feet,” have you not discriminated among yourselves and become judges with evil thoughts? –

-Leviticus 19:17 “‘Do not hate a fellow Israelite in your heart. Rebuke your neighbor frankly so you will not share in their guilt. –

-Leviticus 19:15 “‘Do not pervert justice; do not show partiality to the poor or favoritism to the great, but judge your neighbor fairly. –

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“An empty threat is about as useless as a gun without bullets in it’s magazine.” If people know you won’t follow through with what you say then it’s about as if you never said it at all

The Hammer of Truth.

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Truth is alot like a hammer if you think about it. And in reality, how you use it will determine whether it is a tool for building people up constructively or tearing them down by using it as a weapon. Just because something is true does not make it timely, or the most ideal thing to say, depending on the tone of your voice or word choice. I hope I am hitting the nail on the head when I say this, but its best not to say things in certain ways even if they are accurate. We must use the truth in scripture with the intent of building up and not tearing down.

The Best Approach

2 Timothy 2:23-25 says “Don’t have anything to do with foolish and stupid arguments, because you know they produce quarrels. And the Lord’s servant must not be quarrelsome but must be kind to everyone, able to teach, not resentful. Opponents must be gently instructed, in the hope that God will grant them repentance leading them to a knowledge of the truth,

This for me is probably one of the more difficult passages to practice, whether it comes to family or political/religious discussions on Facebook with non believers. It dawned on me yesterday that perhaps Christians as well as myself try possibly a different approach when it comes to standing for truth in an ungodly society that loves sinful things. Don’t get me wrong, Im totally against many of the moral evils that permeate our society and I do not support the recent supreme court’s ruling on gay marriage, but perhaps the Church is expecting the world to conform to values it will never accept, since it is the World, and the World and the unregenerate man will never submit to God’s standards unless a conversion of the heart takes place first.

Romans 8:7-8 The mind governed by the flesh is hostile to God; it does not submit to God’s law, nor can it do so. Those who are in the realm of the flesh cannot please God.

“It does not” and “can not” so no amount of human persuasion, reasoning nor debate can convince a lost unredeemed soul to conform and subscribe to spiritual principles. But the hope we have is Christ, the Holy Spirit, and the love of God! These are the most powerful weapons a Christian has against those imprisoned in Satan’s lies. Pray for these people, continue to love these people, even if they hurl abusive words on you for what you stand for! In the end if they see that you react in kindness instead of hostility then that is more powerful than any debate or lengthy discourse.