Tuesday, April 10, 2012
Salt of the Earth
There's a saying.
"Don't Sweat the Small Stuff, and It's All Small Stuff."
That's all well and good to say but I happen to be of a very different opinion. We have small stuff in our lives (like habits that include smoking, drinking, dancing in 4" red heels at a nightclub, French kissing when you really shouldn't because you're still single, etc.) Okay, so these aren't going to send your to hell. Some Christians drink and some don't. Some play poker and some don't. Christ holds each of us to different standards and so long as we follow His basic precepts of purity then it's probably okay to smoke a cigarette once in awhile. You won't find me doing it but who am I to say that you can't do it?
Charity wrote an excellent blog post a few weeks ago about this very issue of judgement. As she put it "If it isn’t essential to salvation (and the only requirement for that is repentance and acceptance of Christ) it doesn’t make a darn bit of difference, and we have no right to look down on one another for it." Yep, I have to agree with her here. We make big deals out of little things that don't really matter. Her post focused strongly on how Christians either hate or love The Hunger Games and gleefully rip into one another over it. Big whoop is my response! Is this essential to my relationship with God that I read The Hunger Games and you can't stand it? It doesn't matter!
However, that said, what does concern me is that we need a line of demarcation. One of my FB acquaintances today posted something that made me curious, and yes, a little troubled. He lumped a lot of big and small stuff together in one jumble. To quote his picture post, "Don't like gay marriages? Don't get one. Don't like cigarettes? Don't smoke one. Don't like abortions? Don't have one. Don't like sex? Don't do it. Don't like drugs? Don't do them. Don't like porn? Don't watch it. Don't like alcohol? Don't drink it. Don't like guns? Don't buy one. Don't like your rights taken away? Then don't take away someone else's."
He clarified himself by saying he holds Christians and non-Christians to a different standard. So he should and so should all of us. When we see fellow Christians making detrimental moral judgements that run contrary to Scripture then we need to say something. But where is it written that we can't try and put a halt to those same moral mistakes when made by the world? Are we supposed to remain silent on all these issues? Not put up a fight in regards gay marriage or abortion? What about illegal drugs? Should we just step back and let them run through the streets?
This young man is a brother in Christ to me, but that doesn't mean we never clash. In fact, because he's more liberal in his thinking, I'm afraid we clash a little more often then I would prefer. And while I understand what he's saying about the more "minor" (in human terms) sins in the secular world there are some issues that need to be fought. This isn't about a plank or a speck of dust in someone's eye. This isn't about "Oh, her shirt is too low" or "Wow, look at those piercings." This isn't about superficial stuff that really is none of my business. This is about issues where we're commanded to be the salt of the earth. How can we be that salt if we never speak up?