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You’re Not Always Right

We all have biases that affect the way we interpret the Bible.

Forming Opinions Based on Scripture

What do I mean about the explicit and implicit truths of the Bible informing what we teach about the many important matters of life? I’ll give some examples to help you see what I mean.

Politics

There’s nothing in the Bible about how to vote because there was no such thing at the time the Bible was written. All governments at that time were monarchies determined by who held the most power and had the biggest conquering army. So what can Scripture teach us about who to vote for? We take into consideration the explicit and implicit teachings of the Bible. We consider what kind of person Christ is and how he is forming us into a new person, which makes us hold kingdom values. Because of my background and experience, however, I will most likely come to a different conclusion than you will. Those to the right politically may cling to passages on how God values human life. Those to the left politically notice things about helping the poor. Both are biblical values that Christians on both political extremes embrace as important, but disagree as to the government’s role in addressing those concerns. Because of that, we cannot come to a consensus on who is right. That means I can’t condemn someone’s choice, even if it’s different from my own.

Parenting

Again, the Bible says very little about parenting, but it says a whole lot about what kind of people we should be. Rather than focusing on the parenting passages that tell our kids to obey, perhaps we should focus more on Scriptures such as Matthew 6:33, “Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need” or Micah 6:8, “The Lord has told you what is good, and this is what he requires of you: to do what is right, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God.”

Knowing that, we parent to the best of our ability to help our children become more Christlike. But we will each parent according to our personalities. Some parents can deal with a whole lot more chaos than others. We also compensate by swinging away from what we think our parents did wrong. If we feel they were too strict, we may be more lenient, or vice versa. Regardless of how we parent, our goal should be to do our best to help our children become adults who love God and love others.

February29, 2016 at 8:00 AM

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