Thursday, March 12, 2009
When being nice is un-Christian
Christians are called to kindness and gentleness. This does not always mean we are obliged to obey the social rules of Victorian nicety. Too many times have I seen Christians allow the truth to be distorted and immorality among the congregation go unchecked because they don’t want to hurt someone’s feelings. We are certainly to speak the truth in love (1 Corinthians 13) but we are to speak the truth. Being kind and gentle means simply, that we are not to be bullies and that our motive should be for Christ to be glorified in a person’s life. If we never speak the truth because we are always “looking for a nicer way to put it” then we disobey the command in 2 Timothy 3:16 to use the Word for rebuking and correcting. Moreover, our desire to be nice places our ego and a person’s self-esteem over God’s reputation and instructions to us.