I have prayed very hard over writing this blog post and I plan to keep it short so I don’t say something that could be taken the wrong way.
Recently I have been very frustrated over things being posted on Facebook. Articles, statuses, etc, that are condemning other Christians. People’s choice of music, movies, places they go, (that is not necessarily wrong, just personal preference) etc.
First of all, I believe the Bible (Matthew 18) teaches that if we have a problem with someone we should go to them and confront them about it (and if they refuse to hear, you take it to the pastor – not your Facebook). I don’t think that Facebook should be used to condemn people. I like what my pastor’s wife says…Christians should be encouraging each other” and all of her statuses on Facebook do so. I rarely write a status, because, really, my Facebook is mainly to stay in touch with people, not let the whole world know what is going on in my life. But how can you write a Scripture verse as one status and with the next condemn another Christian? That doesn’t correlate.
But back to my title. What are we fighting for? Are we honouring the Lord by fighting each other as Christians? Take the music issue…this is a touchy one but I know people who think that Ron Hamilton’s music is too worldly. So how far do we go in saying who is right and who is wrong? We need to stop fighting each other and instead work to encourage and uplift. It is very disheartening to turn on my facebook and see people condeming other Christians. I actually felt sick to my stomach today over something I saw. And if that’s how I feel, as another Christian, what is the world going to think?
I WAS encouraged today by Bro. Ben Everson’s status/article on his music standards. Praise the Lord for those people who can write out succinctly why they believe what they believe. It has nothing to do with music standards, dress standards, etc. It has to do with the Bible. I am so thankful that I am held to God’s standard and not man’s!