Law of liberty

March 23, 2009

These two concepts seem so contradicting.  Yet, we as God’s children ought to understand the two sides of this same coin, lest we preach the one and deny the other.

But prove yourselves doers of the word, and not merely hearers who delude themselves.  For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man who looks at his natural face in a mirror; for once he has looked at himself and gone away, he has immediately forgotten what kind of person he was.  But one who looks intently at the perfect law, the law of liberty, and abides by it, not having become a forgetful hearer but an effectual doer, this man will be blessed in what he does.
                                                                                                                                                          – James 1:22-25


For He who said, “DO NOT COMMIT ADULTERY,” also said, “DO NOT COMMIT MURDER.”  Now if you do not commit adultery, but do commit murder, you have become a transgressor of the law.  So speak and so act as those who are to be judged by the law of liberty.  For judgment will be merciless to one who has shown no mercy; mercy triumphs over judgment.
                                                                                                                                                            – James 2:11-13


Discernment in Publication

March 7, 2009

A close brother of mine commented on my blog about how I approached the topics of what I wrote.  He pointed out my reasoning behind how I wrote, showing how they fell short of Biblical principles.  This made me realize that the heart behind some of my posts was not the edification of the brethren (We should sincerely evaluate whether each post IS, in fact, edifying, not giving some wishy-washy reasoning of how it is edifying), but actually complaining for the sake of selfish pride.  It’s quite unfortunate that even when a gem of truth can be spoken, a heart of pride can be evident.  Thanks, Ming.

This morning in our SGL Mtg, Justin addressed this very issue – discernment in technology.  He pointed at facebook, blogs, myspace, and even emails as venues where we think Christian conduct is not demanded of us.  Everything that we place on the Internet is kept for a long time, most likely up to the point of Judgment, if the Internet is affected at that time (Who knows?  It’s a possibility.).

For that reason, my previously proclaimed purpose of blogging isn’t so wise.  Is there any reason why I should make the effort to not qualify what I say when my words can easily be taken out of context?  If that takes a long time, then should I really blog about it?  There are plenty more resources out there such that I do not need to think that the world is dependent on my theological blurbs.  I should strive to ensure that the miscommunication of God’s truth through my blogs is of the lowest possiblity.  If something I say can be used against me in the future, then it wouldn’t be above reproach.

Since I am unsure whether I have been the most discerning in my posts in the past, these have now been made private.  If I have time, then I’ll go through them and filter through them, but that’s not now.  Perhaps this is the reason as to why blogs of the layman these days aren’t as headstrong and controversial as those of the renown theologians.  Well, should God’s grace and my diligence allow, one day I might have a blog like that.