Slinging Mud

May 1, 2008 at 9:22 am (Growing in Faith)

If someone could explain to me why one’s view can not be discovered without them then being called some sort of name, I’d really appreciate it.

 

Why is our society so defensive?  How did we get this way?

 

Even in the church, if we are guided on another step down the road of sanctification, we still risk being called extremist or legalistic.

 

If something about the way I live my life forces you to face something in your life, then good!  You’ll either realize that perhaps there is something to investigate, or you’ll be thankful that you are further along than I am!  But why must there be so many defenses, especially when no offence has been slung in the first place?

 

Most of the changes I’ve made in my life come from watching and wondering about other people.

 

Why does she wear that?

 

Why does he read that?

 

Why does she educate like that?

 

Why does he discipline like that?

 

Why does she think like that?

 

What would happen if we simply sharpened one another?

 

A very wise gentleman that I know said, “‘Legalism’ is usually the first accusation slung after one has taken a step towards sanctification.”

 

I have been thinking about that a lot lately, and then ran into this, quoted from The Godly Man’s Picture by Thomas Watson:

 

When Christ and the world come into competition, and we part with the world to keep Christ and a good conscience, that is a sign we have chosen, “the better part.”

 

Can things be legalistic?  Of course!  But when you are accused of being legalistic, check your motives.  If they stem from a desire to please God, the accusation of legalism is unsubstantiated.  If they stem from elsewhere, there is some housekeeping to be done.

 

Iron sharpeneth iron; so a man sharpeneth the countenance of his friend.

Proverbs 27:17

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