The Wrong Idea
Imagine yourself in one of these scenarios:
1) Somebody criticizes what you have done, but you know he has no understanding of the situation, and if he did, you are certain he would have a different opinion.
2) A report comes back to you that represents your actions in a manner which makes you look like a fool, or reckless, or even criminal and you know the facts have been twisted into a false and misrepresentative scenario.
3) Someone challenges your theology and its practical application, and he is so far away from at least understanding your perspective let alone qualified to criticize it that you have no idea where to begin with him.
4) Someone makes fun or even denounces your principled stand for something, but it has become plain to you that he himself never stands for any principle -- he himself has no principles and he ridicules or opposes everyone who does.
Ignorant criticism, fabricated reports, outrageous challenges, and unprincipled mockery or denunciation -- what is the common element in these scenarios? Somebody has the wrong idea about you. Nobody likes to be in that position.
Now maybe you think I'm going to talk about how to respond to such situations. Nope. I'm going to talk about how you ought not to find yourself in the role of the antagonist in such situations.
Matthew 7:12 Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye
even so to them: for this is the law and the prophets. .... continue reading>>