Engaging the Culture

Posted: Tuesday, July 28, 2015 in Culture, Evangelism
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When we take a biblical stand against the culture we often hear, “I thought the Bible taught you people not to judge others.” Suddenly, a person who gives little if any thought to the Bible becomes an authoritative and interpretive scholar. However, I think you would agree that such a statement cannot stand up against even the tiniest bit of reasoning.

This response, “we are not supposed to judge other people,” is typical of those who do not understand the biblical teaching. They take Matthew 7:1, “Do not judge, so that you will not be judged” totally out of context to support their position. However, in Matthew 7, Jesus did not intend that we are not to make moral judgments. How else are we to examine a tree and its fruit (7:15-19)? We have to make moral judgments. Jesus’ warning to “judge not” had the presumed superiority of the scribes and Pharisees in mind. They judged others harshly and often legalistically, with a log in their eye blinding them to their own faults. Jesus’ teaching in Matthew 7 should strike fear in the hearts of those that condemn others in this way.But that is not to say that we are not ever to pass moral judgments. Declaring a verdict requires making a judgment. If there is no judgment made, then both the individual and the church as a whole suffer (and a nation).

So we must make biblically informed moral and ethical judgments. And we must pray for our political leaders to do so as well —because Jesus commanded us to do so. We should pray for our church leaders and bosses and friends and neighbors to do so. And we should pray for revival to sweep out land. Come, Holy Spirit, come!

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