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    “See to it no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the basic principles of this world rather than on Christ” (Colossians 2:8).

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    Friday
    Aug062010

    Tell Me What I Want to Hear

    Tell me, what is the point of continuing to discuss community, total honesty with one another, and love for God and all His people, when clearly it is not what we really want to experience? Why do loving rebukes incite such sarcasm and vehement words? 

    (Not actual letters)

     

    Dear Sister in Christ,

    Only enlighten me on the positive things that you see about me-never the bad or potentially dangerous, as this makes me uncomfortable.

     

     

    Dear Younger Person in Christ,

    Please do not communicate your true feelings to me, even if it is in a loving manner. Besides, I am older, wiser, and have worked harder than you.

     

     

    To those who would practice true honesty:

    Keep it to yourself. Even if I say I want truth, I really don’t want to deal with it. It's way too hard to admit I might be wrong, and even harder to change my ways. Besides I am a Christian so I can’t be wrong...ever...so stop being divisive.

     

    Others just don’t understand; they don’t see the big picture; they are not “in the know” about me. You may feel concerned for me, but don’t be. Just keep your nose out of my business and we’ll all get along fine…

     

    Luke 12:51-53 – “Do you think I came to bring peace on earth? No, I tell you, but division. From now on there will be five in one family divided against each other, three against two and two against three. They will be divided, father against son and son against father, mother against daughter and daughter against mother, mother-in-law against daughter-in-law and daughter-in-law against mother-in-law.” *(See also Matthew 10:34-36)

     

    2 Timothy 4: 2-4 -- "Preach the Word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage—with great patience and careful instruction. 3For the time will come when men will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear. 4They will turn their ears away from the truth and turn aside to myths."

     

    Why do Christians tend to brush these verses aside as having only to do with non-believers? As humans, we Christians are just as prone to falling.

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