Birthday Post 2: Turning 21

  • RN

    Here’s another thought: What is a sin to you, as a Christian, may not be a sin to a Jew or a Muslim. In that case, pointing out that they are “sinning” will have no effect. Their faith and beliefs tell them that they are OK.

  • This is a profound thought. If any chapter of the Bible should be memorized and put to heart, it would be 1 Corinthians 13. I’m getting busy with that right now.

  • lilaf

     Hello. You don’t know me, but I’m facebook friends with your mom and I look at your family’s blog too. I’ve learned alot from you guys. I must say on this post though that I agree more with your friend. I’ve learned that part of loving others is pointing out error sometimes. I don’t think it means that we do that arrogantly or with pride, but with humility. It seems kind of counter-intuitive, I guess.

    I think that, when we do point out sin, that we pray about it first, and also examine to see if we ourselves have that same sin, because we might in some form or another (no plank-in-eye syndrome). It’s a real challenge for me personally right now because in my own world, I know of ALOT of people who need Jesus; people that I know, and many that I also don’t know personally. It’s a challenge to have the courage to do that.

    Anyway, that’s how I relate to this post. Hope I understood what you’re saying correctly.

  • I like this: “Even more sobering: if I redefine love, I’ve redefined God and made him into who I want him to be.”  🙂   I think there is a time to confront people when their actions are harmful to other people, like when Jesus confronted the Pharisees or in like Matthew 18:15, “Moreover if your brother sins against you, go and tell him his fault between you and him alone.”  Although…in context there, it does say “against you.”  So…in what context would you say it’s okay to tell people when their actions are wrong?  When it is necessary, and when is it superfluous judging?