by Molly Noble Bull
Without realizing it, I played the devil’s advocate at a Bible Study group I attended. We will call one of the group leaders Tom, and Tom said something that opened my eyes to a Bible truth I might never have recognized in any other way. Then the Lord brought a scripture to my mind that changed my thinking forever.
I am a former elementary school teacher, and as mothers and teachers know, children and some adults can be a little sarcastic at times. I mentioned that fact in front of a group of believers when discussing the best way to reply to a troubling message that Tom got from a friend.
First, I suggested that he be especially kind and gentle when writing the letter. “Don’t use the word you in an accusing way,” I said. “Say something like “in my opinion” etc.”
And Tom said something like “Then it’s okay to have different opinions as if both opinions are correct—as if good and evil are one and the same?”
That wasn’t what I meant, but his reply got me to thinking.
Then the Lord reminded me of Matthew chapter seven and verse 5 in the King James. In that scripture, Jesus used the term Thou Hypocrite in his teaching. The term O generation of vipers is also found in Matthew 3:7, 12:34, 23:33 and Luke 3:7, KJV.
It is good to be gentle and kind when discussing most topics. Everybody dislikes a bully. But I was too politically correct. What I learned in Bible Study last night is that I must be kind and gentle but also become Biblically correct; say it like it is with regard to scripture whether someone is offended by what I say or not. That is now my advice to all true Believers.
Forget political correctness when telling the Good News of Jesus Christ. Say what needs to be said to the generation of vipers before it is too late.
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