Archive for October 16th, 2013

1 Corinthians 5

This morning I began re-reading a book by Josh Finklea called Get Dirty: 21 Lessons on Evangelism. Finklea was the speaker at one of my middle school retreats, and I liked what he said enough to buy his book. It is a pretty quick read, but has many good points about evangelism and how we should radically change the traditional view of it. The most recent chapter I finished, titled “Don’t Judge the Book,” focuses on the importance of not, well, judging non-Christians. To support this point, Finklea references 1 Corinthians chapter 5. While most of the chapter discusses the treatment of sin and sinners within the church, there was one section that really stood out to me. Paul closes the chapter by saying: “For what have I to do with judging outsiders? Is it not those inside the church whom you are to judge? God judges those outside. Purge the evil person from among you.” (1 Corinthians 5: 12-13) The rhetorical questions he asks make Finklea’s point: we have no right or reason to judge non-believers.

I think this is an idea that most Christians get wrong most of the time. We shouldn’t judge people who don’t share our faith, especially openly, because the only effect, if there is one, will be one of denial, annoyance, opposition, or another negative response. If someone feels like they are constantly being judged, it will be an immediate turn-off to any attempts to share your faith (another point that Finklea makes in an earlier chapter). Focus on the Good News and opportunities to spread it rather than the sin of those who you are trying to spread it to. On the other hand though, within the church it is our job to hold one another accountable and call people out when they make a mistake. Much of what I have seen about this sort of thing in the church (followers of Christ) is exactly the opposite, and I think we need to actively work to make church (the physical places and services) less judgemental towards non-believers. It will make a big difference in how the world views and accepts Christians and Christianity.

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Late Night Prayer Session

It’s been a little while since I’ve spent time just in prayer, so I am going to do that. I’m not sure what else to say about that, so good night.

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky – Romeo and Juliet Fantasy Overture (Performed by Valery Gergiev and the London Symphony Orchestra)

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