In her post, insanitybytes22 refers to herself as “sour grapes” (Sour Grapes). I am not quite sure what she means, but I do not think I am that fox.
Reality is what is it is. What we want to believe only changes how we respond to reality. When I insist upon wrongly perceiving what is true, I pray our Lord disciplines me (Hebrews 12:4-11). Would it not be a shame to miss out on the sweet taste of good grapes?
I like insanitybytes22, and I enjoy her blog. I don’t expect that to change.
Insanitybytes22 have a disagreement. The Bible suggests that is not necessarily a sad thing.
Because we each come at the world with our own unique point-of-view, we each will see what we can see from a different perspective. Therefore, disagreements are inevitable, but that does not have to be a problem. When we set aside our pride and share and discuss what we see, we learn from each other. Thus, insanitybytes22 and I debate, and sometimes — because I don’t easily set aside my pride — I am a bit pompous and hardheaded. And so is she. Nevertheless, we can work through our differences.
Rather than write a more elaborate response, I will just explain my purpose in this particular debate with insanitybytes22.
Carefully consider Romans 14, especially these verses.
What is Paul’s purpose in Romans 14:10-12? I think he is trying to prevent Christians from dividing themselves over relatively small matters. It is one thing for us to argue over whether or not Jesus Christ died for us on the cross and rose from the dead. That is the fundamental article of our faith. Whether or not we should eat meat on Fridays, however, is debatable. What is difficult is deciding how we resolve issues in dispute that are important, but not as fundamental to the faith as the divinity of Jesus Christ.
With Romans 14 in mind, consider why I believe I should discourage insanitybytes22 from complaining so much about sexual about sexual abuse in Southern Baptist Convention (SBC). Is not sexual abuse an important issue? Yes, but I work with other Christians like insanitybytes22 to spread the Gospel online. When we portray the SBC as a hotbed of sexual abuse, we portray fellow Christians (even if we are not Baptists) as hypocrites who say they are against sexual abuse but do nothing to stop it. That is, we help spread a Liberal Democrat news media half-truth.
Sexual abuse is a society wide problem, not an issue exclusive to the SBC. However, the Liberal Democrat news media would have us believe the SBC is an especially noxious hotbed of sex abuse. Think about that. Don’t the people in the Liberal mass media make their living by portraying sex and violence as entertainment? Those people want to accuse the SBC of being a hotbed of sexual abuse? And we are supposed to take them seriously?
Why do such news media half-truths against Christians and Conservatives work? Accepting the message of the Gospel may save us, but it does not complete the process of sanctification. We still remain sinners. All of us. We still choose imperfect men and women to lead us. All of us. Our leaders never cease to disappoint us, and neither to our fellow men and women, including our fellow Christians. In fact, we even disappoint ourselves. Nevertheless, when the Liberal Democrat news media accuses an organization like the SBC of sexual abuse, we should see that for the joke it is.
The distinction of between Christians and Non Christians isn’t that Christians are perfect and Non Christians are not. Christians choose to believe in Jesus Christ, that He is the Son of God and that He died for our sins. Non Christians, including Atheists, choose to believe in some other god. It is that difference in what we believe that makes a difference in how we behave and how we live. Unfortunately, that difference is not always as large a difference as it ought to be. Consider how Jesus put it.
If we are uncaring, Jesus will not recognize us as one of His sheep. If we love our Lord, we will strive to obey Him, and we will strive to love each other as He loved us.