The Student is not Above the Teacher.

There are many outspoken and theologically sound Christians engaged in social media (those who believe and claim to follow Jesus Christ).  My observation has been that they fall into at least two groups:

One group lifts up and points to the resurrected and exalted Jesus Christ, His teachings, and His ways, while also exposing and speaking out against foolish and ungodly ideas and philosophies. They also work to be encouraging and therefore don’t come off as constant complainers.

The other group also exposes and speaks out against foolish and ungodly ideas and philosophies.  However, they go beyond this and are in the habit of publically and personally attacking, mocking, condemning, and passing judgment on others, including other professing Christian believers. They rarely are or even try to be encouraging.

Again, these folks I’m speaking of are all theologically sound, but I have observed that in practice, those in the latter group, when it comes to rightly dividing the Word of God, have obvious blind-spots that they themselves don’t see.   Whereas those in the former group, who refrain from condemning and passing judgement on others, tend to be balanced in their approach, and their blind spots are not apparent.

The fact is, we all have blind spots, YES, even when our theology is right. Which is precisely why Jesus teaches His disciples not to condemn or not pass judgement on others.

“Do not judge, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn, and you will not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven. Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.”

He also told them this parable: “Can the blind lead the blind? Will they not both fall into a pit? The student is not above the teacher, but everyone who is fully trained will be like their teacher. “

“Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye? How can you say to your brother, ‘Brother, let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when you yourself fail to see the plank in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.” – Luke 6:37-42

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