Wednesday, 2 June 2010

what do you do?

What do you do when someone says "Praise God" for helping them do something He explicitly forbids in His Word? As a hyperbole example: "Praise God for helping me pick the right bank to rob! No one got hurt and I escaped with $10,000 in small bills. It's so amazing how He provides!"

Do you confront them? Roll your eyes and walk away? Post about it on an obscure blog?

I'm not very good at confrontation, so I tend toward the other two. :-D


Ganeida said...

lol The places your mind goes. Given how non~confrontational I am I bite my tongue until I can walk away. I have several *Christian* friends devoted to reading their daily stars & I have yet to find a way to say, "Hey, you shouldn't be doing that."

The HoJo's said...

I have no fear of commenting on what utter rubbish following stars in papers is but yes, you have to wonder at how God would ever provide in such an unethical manner :o)


Wil said...

"What do you do?"

I know sometimes we feel we're required to do or say something, but it's not always the case. Many times, absolutely no good can come of confronting someone else with their flaws, mistakes, and sins.

Personally, I try to be very understanding and peaceful when someone finds a mote in my eye, so feel free to contact me if I've flubbed. (But don't be surprised if I also mention the plank that's drooping from your eyelids...) :-)

And, I should add that I've seen a lot of what you describe, especially during my time at CBC in the '90s...

But what's been more frustrating to me is when someone says "Praise God!" for something that God may have simply watched over. Maybe that friend helped you financially because they're a nice person and maybe God didn't specifically speak to that person to help out. (Sure, on a long enough timeline maybe God started the chain of events, but it always seemed to me like they were reading too much into normal activity...)

And now I'm just rambling... It's late here in the States.

A Joyful Chaos said...

Great post! I also find it disturbing when people praise God for helping them do something that He forbids in His Word. Most times I don't say anything because it wouldn't be well received and would probably do more harm than good. (If the conversation turns so that being silent would give my approval I will disagree with them.)

I do keep praying that their eyes and heart be opened to the truth because until the Holy Spirit convicts them all the sermons in the world won't do any good.