I know this is counter to the old traditional saying of not throwing rocks when you live in a glass house, but I think some corners of the world have moved on from such a quaint concept. Then again, I could just title this, let he among you who has perfect theology cast the first aspersion. Living in a glass house implies that you see what is going on around you and are lobbing stones at them without regard to the safety of your dwelling. Instead, I see people who live safely within a stone dwelling, unable to really see what other people say or mean, who are still all too willing to throw “glass bricks” that really only shatter and inflict internal damage while they wonder who put all the glass shards on the floor.
It’s quite possible that this is mostly an online phenomena, but I have seen it happen in real life from time to time as well. It just seems that the anonymity of the internet makes it so much easier to engage in than it would be face to face. I find it easy to recognize because I have been so good at doing it in the past. Even now, I wonder how the tenor of this post will be taken, but I am honestly sick of the internal squabbles of people who are proclaiming the name of the Lord Jesus Christ as their Lord and King with others who are most likely brothers and sisters in the family.
Somehow I missed the verse in the Bible that claims if one’s theology isn’t perfect, they will be eternally damned. In just the last week, I have seen no fewer than five instances of Christians coming to verbal blows over “non-essentials” of the faith (i.e. not pertaining to salvation) and it is starting to make me sick. A lost world is watching and is standing in judgment as God has given them grounds to do in John 13:34-35, “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”
In all candor it has taken me many hours to complete this post, because I don’t want to violate the spirit of it with the tenor of it. It is necessary and loving to confront error and to correct issues, but it is no longer love when we casually throw the label of heretic or heathen around in the process. Instead we are throwing glass bricks that will only harm us as they smash off the walls of our secure stone fortress of surety.