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Double Standard

Here we go again. This is really getting old, but apparently the message just isn’t getting through. I’m referring to people’s amazing ability to lambast others for the faults they themselves have. While this is a problem across time and culture, being a Christian I naturally see more of it among my own people. But be warned: this is a personal vent; I’m human too after all. Don’t like it? Don’t read it. (Yeah, I’m ticked off right now... can you tell?) But I must point out that I have not named anyone. If you recognize yourself, there is still hope. ;-)

For example, I know of someone who has complained loud and long about other believers ganging up on them and hurting them, but look at what this same person wrote recently:

You are going to scare some of the tradition strait laced, baptist fundamentalist types around here... People who assume mother theresa is sizzling away in HELL are the ones I have in mind when I say “traditional strait laced, baptist fundamentalist type”... I don’t think traditional strait laced, baptist fundamentalist types have a corner on truth... I expect most of this gang of logic experts and mysticism/prophecy skeptics would consider yourselves insulted...
That’s a lot of mocking and labeling! Yet some people can get away with this. And it happens every day, in every message board I’ve seen. And I will be mocked, labeled, and condemned all the more for even saying this.

It’s a two-way street, like it or not. If you dish out stuff like this, don’t whine when it’s your turn to eat it. If it’s wrong for others to mock and label and judge entire groups of people with a broad brush, then it’s wrong for you too. No, what others do is no different from what you do; this is nothing short of hypocrisy. Or would you actually accept this from me?

You are going to scare some of the spiritual, enlightened, charismatic, mystical types around here... People who assume that you can find God through meditation are the ones I have in mind when I say “spiritual, enlightened, charismatic, mystical types”... I don’t think spiritual, enlightened, charismatic, mystical types have a corner on truth... I expect most of this gang of spiritual experts and logic/scripture skeptics would consider yourselves insulted...
No, you wouldn’t. You think somehow it’s “different” when you do it.

Which is why I’ve given up on message boards on anything that really matters. Christians today cannot tolerate confrontation, they will not tolerate being questioned, and they refuse to tolerate being held to account to the same degree they demand of others. Any off-the-wall twist of scripture is fine with them... which makes me wonder why they bother with scripture at all. I’m done with those people.

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Posted 2009-04-28 under Christian Living