A Clean Lens

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The lens with which we view ourselves and our interests as compared to the interests of others can be clouded by many different factors. Despite the notion that every perspective should be celebrated, not every perspective can be validated. In other words, some things just aren’t true.

There are some Christ followers that are reading this right now and quickening at the thought of different beliefs or lifestyles being wrong as they are deemed untrue. I’m not talking about those groups that Jesus people are thinking about, though, I’m talking about the Jesus people.

There is too much time spent looking outside of the church to judge and condemn those with opposing views. The irony is that the basis of judgment is allegedly the Bible, yet the practice itself contradicts the Bible. Paul says in 1 Corinthians 5:12, “For what have I to do with judging outsiders? Is it not those inside the church whom you are to judge?” Before we run too fast towards that end, we need to remember that the standard for the internal judgment is love and the goal is restoration.

So this time and effort we spend trying to convince others that they are wrong and that the laws of our land have to reflect our beliefs, we need to consider whether or not that is even Biblically sound. We declare the condemnation of those who oppose us but that was neither the intent nor the declaration of Jesus. He said in John 3:17, “For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.”

Do you want to change the world? Do you want to influence people in a positive way? Do you want to matter at all? If so, the method is honor and grace. Honor serves and grace accepts. In neither case is compromise necessary, not even a little. But in both cases the lens of how we view other people is wiped clean with the fullness of Scripture and clarity of love.

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