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This is probably more of a rant than direct insight.
There is an inborn desire for righteousness that comes to light when we state things like, "That's not fair", or when anger rises up in your heart when what you consider right is not being practiced.
The only question is how to react properly and biblically.
Culturally, it seems to be that social media has provided a vehicle to publicly blast a viewpoint. Talk radio is a platform that has contributed to this phenomenon. The drama of public debate along with verbal drama seems to drive ratings. Humiliation becomes the tool to win an argument.
Unfortunately unity is left mortally wounded. We have lost the ability to disagree without becoming disagreeable.
How to address
Scripturally, if we sense that something is wrong, we are to go to that person privately. (Mt 18:15)
Additionally, being kind and humble is the heart attitude epitomized from Paul (Gal. 6:1). There is no room for personal delight when correcting another, brokenness should be the heartfelt attitude.
Could it be that judgmental attitudes and the lack of grace is as destructive as the offense itself? It seems that this is not considered when righteous indignation rises up.
Satan is very subtle. He can give Peter an attitude that sounds so spiritual, yet Jesus pierces the fog of the moment and says: Get behind me, Satan. The old adage: We judge others by their deeds, ourselves by our motives, is a good reminder. Some of the best laid intentions end up being destructive. Pharisees had great intentions, yet were completely unaware of how far they had drifted. Jesus would warn his disciples against the leaven of the Pharisees. His disciples had difficulty with understanding then, and even now, but his warning remains valid.
Before a corrective and judgemental spirit rises up, ask yourself these questions:
- Consider your own heart. Where are you possibly to look in the mirror?
- Are you on solid Bible mandate? This is not the place for personal taste and preferences.
- Is grace being exercised? Accept others (and their preferences) as Christ has accepted you.
- Is it the right place, time and properly articulated expression to approach your sibling in Christ?
„But if you bite and devour one another, watch out that you are not consumed by one another.“ Gal. 5:15
Could patience and personal self-denial be the higher and nobler goal?
Destroying unity to vent or voice your opinion and expressing your desire for righteousness is not necessarily Christ-likeness.