Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Knocked Over

The other day I was speaking with my brother about a friend of his that had been involved with the Jehovah's Witnesses. This person was beginning to see weaknesses in the JW's theology and practice and was looking to my brother for answers to many, many questions. My brother asked for my help, so like any good 21st century pastor, I went straight to the internet.

In my efforts to discover cogent arguments to refute JW teaching and expound the benefits of orthodox belief, I was stunned by the history of the JW's presented in the documentary, "Knocking." I stumbled upon a brief excerpt on Youtube here - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Oj4cS4n9ZkA.

While I do not agree with JW theology, and do not believe that what they present when they knock on our doors is an accurate representation of the gospel, I was humbled by their history of courage and sacrifice. I am ashamed of how consistently I display attitudes that are un-loving, judgmental and un-Christlike to people and situations that I disagree with or do not understand. (Or, haven't taken the time to understand).

As a follower of Christ, sometimes in my desire to be right I forget or lack the courage to do right. I think the Apostle Paul put it best in Galatians 5:6, "...The only thing that counts is faith expressing itself through love."

1 comment:

  1. Great thoughts. We need a reminder to always speak the truth in love. See my musings on this very topic: Speaking the Truth in Love