Did He Just Say That?

"...Certain persons...without understanding either what they are saying or the things about which they make confident assertions."
(1 Timothy 1:5-7 ESV)

If you're paying attention to the world we live in, you'll agree there are competing voices and agendas vying for your attention and adherence. As Christians, how do we know who we can trust? The person with the most followers, shares or re-tweets? Should we assume anyone with a verified account has earned the right to influence how we think and what we believe?

Recently, I've watched several people with varying measures of notoriety deceptively use scripture in the attempt to shame Christians into silence and compliance. Most recently, Democratic Presidential hopeful Cory Booker quoted Micah 6:8, twisting the requirement to walk humbly before God. He suggested, Christians who stand up for biblical truth relating to sexual immorality were in fact, not humble but proud, using religious freedom to justify discrimination.

Mr. Booker is talking about things he does not understand, making false assertions void of sincerity in an attempt to bully Christians into submitting to his way of thinking. He has it backwards, calling evil good and good evil. To be humble before God is to submit oneself to His will with no regard to our own. God's commandments, not the opinions of others, are the standard by which we live our lives. Honoring God, which requires a heart of humility, often means you're swimming against the tide of the loudest opinions.

Humility requires us to be respectful of all, but it doesn't mean we have to listen to people who don't know what they're talking about.

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