Tuesday, January 14, 2014

They Don't Understand

"The person without the Spirit does not accept the things that
come from the Spirit of God, but considers them foolishness and cannot
understand them because they are discerned only through the Spirit."
1 Corinthians 2:14

Recently the host for a television news program came under fire for his scandalous comments regarding a conservative female politician. Citing the example of how slaves were treated in the deep south, the host believed the female politician should be tied down, her mouth forced open, and then made to endure humiliating and vile acts (which I will not repeat). The outrage was swift and the host eventually was forced to resign.

In the aftermath, I was surprised by the number of individuals who came to this man's defense. One acquaintance told me "I don't like this woman's policies either and that's exactly the kind of treatment she deserves!" No matter what I said regarding respecting women and other human beings, this acquaintance kept defending the abusive and vile language.

Many times we meet people who simply will not acknowledge the right path. No amount of argument will persuade them. For example, if someone believes it is OK to kill an unborn child under the guise of 'women's rights' then far too often it seems no logic or presentation of facts will convince him otherwise. He has already crossed a moral line and has no intention of crossing back. The rapist will not be convinced it is wrong to hurt women. The gossip is determined that there is nothing wrong with trash-talking his neighbor. The foul-mouthed football coach doesn't see anything wrong with spewing obscenities at the children on his team in order to 'motivate' them.

Christians shouldn't be surprised that the world does not abide by God's moral standards. No matter how logical they are and no matter how beneficial to society they may be, these standards remain foreign and loathed by the world around us.

But that should never be our chief concern. Sure, I don't want to see children being cussed at, nor do I wish to hear some news anchor's degenerate rant. But there is an even bigger problem--the world needs God's Spirit! The greatest need of the world isn't that they adopt our standards. Their greatest need is the presence of the Holy Spirit in their hearts, which is possible only through Christ. This is why we are called to preach the Gospel, not Christian moralism.

The next time you encounter someone who disdains the moral values of Christianity, recognize that you've just entered your mission field.

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