Saturday, April 13, 2013

Friendly Fire Isn't Friendly

This week seems to be one tinged with sadness with the death of Rick Warrens son.
Another blog I read, Kathy Escobars, also mentioned a similar death in their church community.

A number of blog posts I read (Tall Skinny Kiwi, Frank Viola and Mark Driscoll) concerning the death of Ricks son reflect my feelings well. ie, If your reaction to Rick and his family at this time is to blame his theology for this tradegy or to run him down because you don't agree with his books, then you need to sit down and have a good think about whether your version of 'Christianity' lines up with the Bible.

A few verses that may help...

John 13:35 By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.

1 John 3:10 .....Anyone who does not do what is right is not a child of God; nor is anyone who does not love his brother.

1Peter 1:22 one another deeply, from the heart.

Col 3:12 Therefore, as Gods chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion....

Eph 4:32 Be kind and compassionate to one another....

There's a time and place for challenging and questioning a persons beliefs etc but right now Rick and his family need our prayer, love and compassion.

I don't even know why I'm writing this stuff. This is Christianity 101. It should go without saying.

Love your Neighbour as yourself.

Ephesians 6:16 says to take up the shield of faith which can extinguish the flaming arrows of the evil one.

We don't need flaming arrows coming from our own side.

There's nothing friendly about friendly fire.

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