Name Calling
Tuesday, May 30, 2017 at 6:15PM
Larry Kutzler

I was listening to talk radio this morning, and I was amazed at how many times the host used name-calling in the process of communicating his point. It seems the political left loves to call anyone who disagrees with them names like racist, homophobe, or Islamophobe.  However, the right does the same. For example, this morning I heard names such as moron, idiot, and stupid, just to name a few. I know I have been guilty of this myself but I have come to a different point of view more recently. I have used in this blog in the past the name “moron” because I think it fits the description of people who are totally living their life in a political parallel universe. Moron in the dictionary is defined as a stupid person, which just seems appropriate at times. Again, I am not sure that is an effective way to influence people to your side of thinking by calling any opposition in life “morons.” The Church doesn’t escape this name calling either. I have heard people use the word “heretic” when describing people they disagree with theologically. Now there is a time to use that term, but when it is used today, most of the time it is used emotionally as a derogatory term to define “disagreement.”

We will always have disagreements about God and the Bible while still in this world, but I think we need to try to find common ground about the essentials. Some speculation will always be present in our theological teachings, and those need to be identified as such at the time of the presentation. What I find fascinating is that no position that takes on a futuristic eschatological outlook can be 100% assured that a certain view is exactly how God has it planned.  As Paul said, we see through a glass darkly seeing only shadows of how God’s plan will play out.

Several renditions of 1 Corinthians 13:9-12

Now our knowledge is partial and incomplete, and even the gift of prophecy reveals only part of the whole picture!10 But when the time of perfection comes, these partial things will become useless.

12 Now we see things imperfectly, like puzzling reflections in a mirror, but then we will see everything with perfect clarity. All that I know now is partial and incomplete, but then I will know everything completely, just as God now knows me completely.

Another version says:

1 Cor 13:12 For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face-to-face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known.

So many Christians divide over eschatology today, and yet there is not 100% proof in the scriptures exactly how God is going to work His plan in the last days. Many options are presented, some more reasonable than others, but at the end of the day it’s up to God. However, it is not my place to call someone a heretic for not believing in what I think God is going to do, especially since scripture isn’t clear on the day, the hour, or year He will return. If someone claims they know, those things, such as date setters, these are those who could be called a heretic because they are in direct violation of scripture that teaches no one knows those specifics.

I am concerned that many in the Church have become more like the world than they have like the Kingdom. Our job isn’t to name call; our job is to present the one name that is above all names as the way of truth and the way of salvation with God.

I have blogged lately about things I feel are distractions to living out a life of excellence in Christ:

Read those again please.  In fact read them several times.

Now tell me: is there any spiritual health in either of them?

None you say? Then why do you practice them? 

Now that is a great question, isn’t it?

Keeping it honest and truthful.

K

 

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