For sure – sawdust in your eye hurts. A log would be worse. Josh talked about the dangers of being judgmental a few weeks ago (Matthew 7:3-5). I read an article today in a well know national newspaper that was a good reminder on the subject. The author took offense at a Pastor teaching that homosexuality is a sin. He used the opportunity to tell us how he stood up to “anti-gay animus”…
First off the definition of “animus” is: “hostility or ill feeling”. How does the author KNOW what was in the Pastors heart? In fact as Pastor I teach things that may offend people but I’m teaching what I believe to be true and informing my listeners on some topics that may be uncomfortable for them (and for ME!) to hear. I’m not doing it out of “animus” but the opposite, love and concern.
Secondly the Pastor taught his moral conviction in public form in an appropriate place. And is that not the SAME thing the author is doing in public (in his the article)? Yet the author claims the to have the right to be offended, by what STANDARD does he get to says he’s right and the Pastor is wrong? He sights the Bible as being used to justifying slavery and oppress women BUT the Bible played the key role in ending slavery and promoting the rights of women! He sights two Episcopal bishops as supporting his view but the reality is that for every Episcopal Bishop I could sight 10 Evangelics that agree with what the Pastor taught. My point is when you have diverging points of view on a subject and you call someone else point of view rooted in animus, it very well may be that your point of is too. Clearly the author wants to be respected for his personal moral convictions, it seems he’s slow to extend the same courtesy to others. Beware of the log in your own eye before you judge the the speck in someone else.
I’d love to hear your thoughts after read the article:
I just read this… the other side of the coin… http://www.worldmag.com/2013/08/race_sin_and_sexual_preference