It is my experience that many times when someone attempts to use Scripture against others as a weapon, they don’t have a good understanding of it themselves.
We live in a world where a Christian’s every move is now constantly under a microscope; just waiting for us to screw up so they can once again attempt to prove the fallibility of our faith.
Oh, if only we as believers would quit walking on eggshells and worrying about what the world is going to say and how we are going to defend ourselves!
Instead we should be strengthening our faith through regular time with the Lord and studying His Word. Then we will discover it cannot be used as a weapon against us, but rather the Bible says no weapon formed against us will prosper! In fact, that same passage tells us that we will condemn every tongue that rises against us in judgment and that our vindication comes from God alone (Isaiah 54:17).
I recently found myself in a position where I felt I needed to defend myself and to “set the record straight.”
The accusations being hurled at me were from someone who has previously reminded me that he “went to a Christian school and know what the Bible says”.
Yet here I was being bombarded with lies, swearing, and spitefulness.
But if I try to flip the script and use Scripture against them, it falls on deaf ears and potentially makes things worse.
Even if I don’t retaliate, I still find myself with the desire to go vent to someone I know will understand me and affirm that I am in the right; that I’m a “real” Christian and not to worry about it.
But I cannot do that, and neither can you- if you call yourself a follower of Christ. Why? Because the moment we surrendered to Lordship of Jesus Christ we gave up the right to pass judgment on anyone, including ourselves. In fact, we gave up all rights to our life to become slaves of righteousness and to trust God with our every breath. The more we study the Word the greater our understanding of this will be, as will our willingness to submit to Him.
So as much as I’d like to play the game of “you may think you’re better than me, but you’re wrong,” I choose to live out the Gospel by seeking God’s approval for my life and not man’s.
It is only when we can come to that place of humility and surrender that we grow exponentially in our faith.
But with me it is a very small thing that I should be judged by you or by a human court.
In fact, I do not even judge myself.
1 Corinthians 4:3 (NKJV)
Parents, are you using God’s Word for your purposes or for His?
By Matt Haviland
Dad of one daughter
1 Corinthians 13 Parenting Team Member
Founder of “A Father’s Walk”
Author of A Father’s Walk: A Christian-Based Resource for Single Fathers
and co-author of The Daddy Gap