It's possible that some of my "Grace Friends" will get angry with me about this post, and even possibly accuse me of trying to bring them back under bondage. However, I assure you, that is the farthest thing from my purpose here! I have noticed a lot of "Grace Folks" on Facebook really getting a kind of "in your face attitude" lately. In other words, some have developed an attitude sort of like...."Listen, I am free to do anything, to say anything and to be anything, and if you don't believe me, look at what I just wrote! If you don't like it....TOUGH! You will NEVER bring me back into bondage!" So, their post will be filled with cuss words, some even including the "F-bomb."
Now, please don't get me wrong here. I love these people and I fully agree that God really doesn't give two hoots about people saying the "F-bomb." However, many people, including me, still find that word and words like it offensive. Yes, sadly, some within religion will even go so far as to state that saying words like these are sinful practices. Of course, that is totally ridiculous!
To be fully transparent here, I've even been known to drop a cuss word or two once in awhile. However, I never use the "F-word," even though I do have the right under God's grace to do so. (I know that this statement may ruffle some religious feathers too!) However, I also feel that somehow we need to bring a little BALANCE into our grace walk. I have to laugh at this, as some people within the "Grace Camp" hate the word, "balance." They feel that when we use that word, we are somehow trying to bring control, manipulation and law into their lives. Likewise, this isn't always correct thinking either.
So....I have the right under my freedom in Christ to use some salty language. I, in my passion of my new found liberty in Christ develop an "in your face" type attitude and spout off all kinds of cuss words. Those who are sadly lost in religion and law look at my Facebook post or the words that I say publicly and think, "If that's grace then I don't want a thing to do with it!" What I have done is used my freedom to be a "stumbling block" to a person still under law. This block is pretty huge too!
I'm thinking that some of us grace loving people need to do a little thinking and not become stumbling blocks to people that God loves! Maybe it's time to reign in our liberty some in consideration of those who we need to bring into liberty!
I think that Paul says it best:
1 Corinthians 10:23-33New Living Translation (NLT)
23 You say, “I am allowed to do anything”—but not everything is good for you. You say, “I am allowed to do anything”—but not everything is beneficial. 24 Don’t be concerned for your own good but for the good of others.
25 So you may eat any meat that is sold in the marketplace without raising questions of conscience. 26 For “the earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it.”
27 If someone who isn’t a believer asks you home for dinner, accept the invitation if you want to. Eat whatever is offered to you without raising questions of conscience. 28 (But suppose someone tells you, “This meat was offered to an idol.” Don’t eat it, out of consideration for the conscience of the one who told you. 29 It might not be a matter of conscience for you, but it is for the other person.) For why should my freedom be limited by what someone else thinks? 30 If I can thank God for the food and enjoy it, why should I be condemned for eating it?
31 So whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God. 32 Don’t give offense to Jews or Gentiles or the church of God. 33 I, too, try to please everyone in everything I do. I don’t just do what is best for me; I do what is best for others so that many may be saved.
I like Paul's attitude...."I don't just do what is best for me; I DO WHAT IS BEST FOR OTHERS SO THAT MANY MAY BE SAVED!
Grace and peace!