Everyday Mommy has called into question the veracity of statements made in a commercial for the United Methodist Church. She writes:
I have not seen the commercial, so my assessment of the accuracy of these statements is made by taking each one at face value and weighing it against what the Bible tells us. All scripture references here are links to the NIV at BibleGateway.com.
On judging others:
In the book of John, we are told that all judgement has been entrusted to the Son by the Father and that He reserves judgement until the last day. He did not come to judge the world, but to save it. Who is more righteous than Christ? Who then is qualified to judge anyone?
John 5:21-23, John 8:14-16, John 12:47-50
In Romans, we are told that we condemn ourselves when we pass judgement on someone else. There is no one righteous. We all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. We all will stand before God’s judgement seat. So far, it seems to me that none of us is qualified to judge.
Romans 2:1-3, Romans 3:10, Romans 3:23, Romans 14:9-11
In 1 Corinthians, we are told to judge nothing before the appointed time. When the Lord comes He will expose the motives of men’s hearts.
1 Corinthians 4:1-5
James tells us there is only one Lawgiver and Judge. How arrogant of us to think we have any right to judge our neighbor! James 4:11-12
But wait. What about 1 Corinthians 5:9-13? Doesn’t it say that we are to judge those inside the church? Is the statement above rendered inaccurate by this passage? Who are the “others” in that statement? Church members or non-members?
On embracing diversity:
I have two thoughts on this concept. On the one hand, God is God of all people regardless of their color, race, height, weight, gender, education, age, etc. We are not all alike. We should not esteem ourselves higher than any other nor think ourselves more deserving of His gift of salvation by grace through faith. It is for ALL whom the Lord will call. We are to love one another. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. Whoever does not love does not know God. When we love one another, He lives in us and His love is perfected in us.
Acts 2:38-39, Acts 3:24-26, Acts 10:27-28, Acts 10:34-35
Romans 3:29-30, Romans 5:18-19, Romans 10:11-13
1 John 4:7-12
On the other hand, diversity could refer to the exhortation to be different – not conformed to the world, but transformed by the renewing of our minds. It is not by human wisdom that we understand what God has given us, but by the Holy Spirit. We are to be set apart from the world as aliens and strangers.
1 Corinthians 2:11-13
1 Peter 2:10-12
Both statements, in my opinion, can be supported by scripture. However, if you assume that the statements are intended to broaden the path that leads to righteousness and to relax the standards of holiness we are to uphold, then they cannot be Biblically accurate. This was not my assumption.
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