Some on WB seem to feel we Christians are mean--spirited. I wish they would give specific examples of what they are talking about. Until then I will have to guess.
I came across a very interesting Scripture. In 1 Peter 4:15, Peter informs his fellow Christians to expect serious persecution. Then he adds, but be sure you are not persecuted for the wrong thing. Among the wrong things is meddling in other people’s business–the translation form the Greek is accurate, “meddling.”
Some Bible scholars suggest that the early Christians were trying to impose their values in a secular world and they were getting a backlash.
So how do we apply this? Perhaps a Christian who is not sure of what meddling is would do well to do what Jesus said He did. He said “For I spake not from myself; but the Father that sent me, he hath given me a commandment, what I should say, and what I should speak.” (Joh 12:49) One example of that may be when the Pharisees demanded Jesus meddle in the life of the woman caught in adultery. Jesus kneeled down and wrote in the sand for a period of time. Then He got up and gave his response. Some suggest that Jesus was using that time to wait until He heard specifically from the Father.
An inward dialogue with the Father at such times might help a lot of Christians keep their mouths shut.
Meddling does not go over well in America. Deep in the DNA of our culture is our belief in personal freedom. Mess with our freedom and we start throwing tea over the side of the ship. As long as we are not using our freedom to hurt some one, then “Don’t meddle in our business.”
One good way to get a fight started as kids was to meddle. We then found ourselves looking at a balled up fist and a snarl:”What’s it to you buddy?” And the fight was on.
There is a lot of concern today that the church is going to be persecuted. But, will they be persecuted for something legitimate? Or, will it be because some are meddling in other peoples’ business when nobody asked them to?-
And, will there be collateral damage. Will I get persecuted because my fellow Christians can’t wait, and say only what the Father tells them to.