It all stemmed from hearing about the public confession of someone who had fallen into sin.
It rattled through the internet express, and hit the headlines on a lot of blogs.
It was sad. Sad, more than anything else, because someone, to whom many people looked up to, had been involved in sin and confessed to doing wrong.
The repercussions were inevitable.
That is where my problem lies. I don't want to analyse the sins of another, with no knowledge of the facts or circumstances. It's not my place to judge. Knowing what I know, my only plea is "Lord, keep me from sin, and keep me near your heart".
No, my problem lies with the reaction of others. I see, so often, and hear it from people far too regularly, people airing their opinions on things that are really none of their business. I am not suggesting that we can sweep everything under a carpet, or hide from bad things that happen. There is certainly much to be taken and learnt from the experiences and circumstances of others. We can learn not to make the same mistakes, if nothing else.
My problem is with people who latch onto one thing they see that they don't like, and start to pick apart the entire lives of others who don't hold to the same point of view. I have seen downright bitter and ungodly responses to the particular man I initially referred to. People making assumptions, casting aspersions and judging the heart and motives of those involved. It's not our place to do such a thing. We do not know their hearts. Worse than that is then pulling apart their entire lives, based on one sin, or one area of their lives that the others didn't approve of.
These topics are being raised and torn apart.
I am not saying that I advocate or adhere to these "movements". I am not even going to comment on what they are or what they involve. I simply have an issue with people, especially Christians, who see others with a different point of view and cannot just let them have it. Both these subjects are not primary issues, and yet people can become rather vitriolic about others who hold to them.
Undoubtedly, some people can become obsessed with a subject, in their Christian life, and make far too much of it. People in both the camps mentioned above have a tendency to make something which IS a secondary issue, into a primary one. However, many people may hold to the principles involved in these movements, to a certain degree, not to the nth degree, and yet they get criticised by those standing by. People who seem to think it's their business to share their point of view on what the other holds to.
It happens with home-schooling, too. Maybe you could say there is a "home educating movement"?? (Maybe people do, and I am so IN it, I have never heard it?!!??)
People like to give their view on how we have chosen to educate our family. Our family size. How we live our life. Our plans for our family. How we run our home.
It seems, that Christians today have developed an intensely critical spirit, and can't just let people make their own choices on secondary issues, without telling them they are wrong, instead of accepting them as simply "different".
Where's love, long-suffering and compassion gone?
Where has intelligent discussion, tolerance and mutual respect gone?
Instead, I find a critical spirit, harsh words and bitterness directed at those who are different.
As with all I say, I try to bring it all back to the scriptures. I don't want my blog to be about MY viewpoints, but in what the Bible tells us.
How can we not go to this chapter, and remember what REAL love is?
We need to be truth seekers, if we love.
We need to be patient, if we love.
We need to think the best of others, if we love.
We are not to be glad when others stumble, if we love.
We are to be tolerant of the views of others, if we love.
We are not to think our own point of view is more important than that of others, if we love.
If we DON'T love, then we are not the Lord's at all. Ergo, we need to display all these attributes, iN ORDER to love.
What about the fruit of the spirit?
As my Dad used to say, when we asked him what he was doing when it was none of our concern...
Mind your OWN business.
Keep being responsible for your own attitudes, actions and words, and be less critical of others.