This week and next, let talk about how to apply the truth in Romans 14? If we truly believe in the Lord Jesus Christ, we can let Him deal with those who disagree with us. This is a logical conclusion of what Paul has said so far in Romans 14, “Don’t judge another believer.” James. 4:11-12 also highlights this truth: Who are you to judge? there is only one Lawgiver and Judge.” Why? Because God will judge him for you.
If a believer who eats meat has made a bad choice, God can show him better than you can. If they smoke, HS can & will convict them. Or God may use their doctor or lung cancer. If they have some strange view of the rapture, God can deal with them if they need to be dealt with. Don’t get in God’s way. Let him deal with people who disagree with you. But meanwhile, treat them as brothers and sisters in the Lord.
1. Make Up Your Own Mind.
Why is this so important? Because only the confident can truly accept others. If your “issue” is Christian, public or home schools, then study that issue until you feel very confident of your position. (That doesn’t mean you can’t change your mind later, but it does mean that you come to a place where you don’t agonize over it day and night.)
Once you are confident about your preferences, you won’t feel the need to attack people who believe in other views of schools nor will you feel an inordinate need to defend yourself when others attack you. If you know what you believe, it’s easy to talk amiably with those who hold differing points of view.
Anger is often a mark that a person has adopted a position without thinking it through carefully. If you constantly find yourself getting angry about a secondary matter, ask yourself if you really believe what you say you believe. You won’t easily lose your temper when you have truly made up your own mind.
2. Give Others the Right to do the Same.
If you have the right to your opinion, your friend has the right to hers. If she can decide to listen to Rush Limbaugh, you can choose not to. He can disagree with your politics and even tell you so. Christian love requires that we give others the same right of self-determination that we claim for ourselves.
3. Refuse to Criticize Those Who See Things Differently.
We see this way more often than we should in Christian circles. While standing firm on the second coming of Christ is a non-negotiable primary truth of Christianity, the timing of when it happens is open to opinion. So those who hold to a Reformed view of a-millennialism or the dispensationalism view of Rapture before the tribulation or some variation of mid-trib, post-trib, pre-millennial or after the 6th seal is open, these details are up for grabs. Fact is: Get ready! Jesus is coming back!
Now it’s one thing to hold to a secondary belief. Unfortunately, Christians often resort to intense criticism that is hurtful and promotes division, rather than an open exchange of ideas centered around the fantastic primary truth, Hallelujah, Jesus is coming back. More on this next week.