Righteous Argument?

September 18, 2012 at 3:08 am (WSGD Newes) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , )

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Few men do more harm than those who are on the right side but argue for personal victory. Even genuine argument for truth is not preaching the gospel. He whose unbelief is attacked by argument will never be brought into a mood fit for receiving the truth. Argument should be kept to books. Preachers ought to have nothing to do with it – in the pulpit at any event. Let him hold forth the light, and let him who will receive it do so, and let him who will not wait. God alone can convince, and until the full time is come for the birth of truth in a soul, the words even of the Lord Himself can have little potency.
~  George MacDonald (1824-1905)

After having read this passage I had two thoughts.
1) What a time this is needed! While so many are arguing and campaigning for this November’s election.
2) A few words of Proverbs were right behind the first thought. I will list them below.

Proverbs 29:9
When a wise man argues with a foolish one, he meets anger and ridicule without relief.

Proverbs 26:4-5
Don’t answer a fool in terms of his folly, or you will be decending to his level;
But answer a fool as his folly deserves, so that he won’t think he is wise.

Proverbs 17:27-28
A knowledgeable person controls his tongue; a discerning person controls his temper.
Even a fool, if he stays silent, is thought wise; he who keeps his mouth shut can pass for smart.

Proverbs 18:2
A fool takes no pleasure in trying to understand; he only wants to express his own opinion.

As I looked these scriptures up I could not help but see so many more that could be listed here. I would be remiss if I didn’t suggest that anyone seeking wisdom on when to speak and how, or wisdom on how to “hear” more than just the words that come from a mouth; that this book (Proverbs) get a good reboot into the hard drive of the mind. Asking the Spirit of truth to help us “see” more than the obvious words, but the heart of the Author who gave them.

I began asking questions like;
-What does “term of a fools folly” mean?
-And what would “as his folly deserves” be?
-When does one know when to press forward into the “opposing” speech and when it is time to let the Spirit move me and the other through silence?

I have found that most of my own folly is found when I read and paste the material onto my own conclusions without asking if perhaps I am even “leaning in the direction of truth”. Also, that I often forget Whose “job” it is to convince anyone of the Truth. Of course this requires that I am not being led by the conversation in such a way that I find I can’t pull back and remember every word that has ever been invented, inspired, and prompted has a purpose to my Master. The enemy of my Master also has a purpose. Heated and emotionally charged conversations are a breeding ground for many a fall. Stopping and inviting the One whose purpose was clearly stated by Yeshua (Jesus) that He would lead us into all truth; this is paramount to learning a completely different way of communicating. The conversation for my part must never cease to be vertical (between myself and my Lord) first and foremost. I do no good, just a bag of wind, are any words come from my mouth, if my focus orients to a strictly horizontal (between myself and another human being(s)).

The issues of our days and times have changed in that the shapes and textures of sin change. Not the sin itself. Anything viewed apart from God’s perspective is destructive to the world and things He has made. The spoken issue may be called the “economy”, but the truth is the peoples lack if belief and trust that God is the richest and most reliable being ever. No taxes can “tax” a man/woman beyond His capacity to provide for His own. Kinda takes the heat right out of the flames, huh? Here I hold out a light…Matthew 17:24-27.

Politics is complicated only because its totally based on human opinion, human perspectives, human approval (which is IMPOSSIBLE in the masses)…Yeshua never once entered the political fray of his day. Why? We must ask this question. BUT, the answer does NOT change the fact that we are to follow Him, whether we get or are satisfied with the answer or not.
Cast your vote before Him first, then ask Him to lead you in November. HE has already picked the next president, HE picked the last one. And the one before that. Either ALL has been placed into His authority as the Good Book says, and we actively live to back the trust we have in it up, or we don’t my fellow-sheep.

Arguing, slandering, deframing, insulting, and gossiping about the candidates is doing so to God! THEY are His kids, are they not? Please don’t waste your energy arguing when one becomes “saved” and therefore, playing folly. Every single person ever born is, was, and will always be a creature Created by the Creator! We are God’s idea, always. Do our children become not our flesh if they deny it? If they don’t believe it? No. They will always be our children, even if they deny us. The next president, set of leaders, these are known to the God we serve, we need not fear ANYTHING they can or will do. We must fear what we ourselves can let politics do to our living walk with God. Vertical not horizontal, this must always be first, last, and all in between. Then the horizontal is both done well in His sight and no cause for folly.

I saw a billboard recently. It said; “We need a department of common-sense!” True. It starts within our own hearts, with the ONLY One who has any. He doesn’t head up a committee for this, least man becomes apart from Him and it ceases to be.

Be wise as serpents, gentle as doves. Don’t enter the folly of argument. Let us enter into our relationship with God, make our choices within, and obey Him as we live it out of the immensity of our love and trust in Him. He’s got the whole world in HIS hands. 🙂

Grace and peace in Yeshua the Messiah ❤

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