The religion of Christ is designed to bring people together in one body and change their lives. The fact that Christianity is so designed implies that there are differences that must be removed and changes that must be made. Neither of these come easy.
Religious differences can rise to the crescendo of sarcasm, innuendo, and malice, rather than rational study of truth. There is a sure cure for religious difference -- revealed truth, pure and unadulterated. Those determined to allow truth to settle every dispute hardly need to resort to low level verbal assaults. To the contrary, when one has no foundation of truth on which to build faith he may indeed resort to bitterness and sarcasm. Neither has any place in approved Christian conduct. The best place for those ungodly things is in the trash. Here are some things to trash.
“Let no corrupt word proceed out of your mouth, but what is good for necessary edification, that it may impart grace to the hearers” (Eph 4.29). Trash ugly talk!
“Let all bitterness, wrath, anger, clamor, and evil speaking be put away from you, with all malice. And be kind to one another tenderhearted, forgiving one another, just as God in Christ forgave you” (Eph 4:3 1-32). Trash malice!
“But now you yourselves are to put off all these: anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy language out of your mouth” (Col 3:8). Trash anger!
“Do not lie to one another, since you have put off the old man with his deeds” (Col 3:9). Trash lies!
Joseph Parker said, “Never throw mud. You may miss your mark, but you will have dirty hands.” It is always right to be truthful; it is never right to be abusive and cruel. We all need a good trash can. -- DRS
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