“He who walks with wise men will be wise, But the companion of fools will suffer harm.” (Proverbs 13:20)
I’m thankful for the wise people in my life and can only hope and pray that some of their wisdom is rubbing off on me. In the meantime, I thought I’d share some of it with you.
Jocelyn Green, a beloved friend who is also a beloved author, recently posted this caution on Facebook:
I just read a meme on Twitter that really has me scratching my head. It’s a quote from a book that says, “I can’t think of a single time where Jesus held someone accountable. He just held people closely.” Can we think about this for a second? Can we be discerning?
First, I understand that the idea is that we are to love our neighbors. That is a truth that cannot be denied. (See Matthew 22:36-40.) Jesus says love, so we should.
But let’s look at the first sentence in the quote. Not a single time where Jesus held someone accountable? The definition of “accountable” is responsible or answerable, or subject to the obligation to report, justify, or explain something. Check out Matthew 23 to see how Jesus holds the Pharisees accountable for their actions and hypocrisy. Matthew 25:31-46 clearly shows how we are all accountable for our decisions, and the consequences are eternal. In John 8, people are getting ready to stone an adulterous woman, and Jesus tells them to only throw a stone if they have never sinned. Isn’t that holding them accountable/responsible? At the end of that story, he pours grace over the woman, but ends with “Go and sin no more.” Again, he’s giving her the responsibility to make better choices. The book of Revelation contains letters to churches, holding them accountable for what they did or didn’t do. There are more examples, but I’ll stop there.
I’m sharing this as an example that we all need to be discerning when reading memes and hearing sound bytes and listening to famous people. I’m an author so it’s no secret that I love books. But we should be holding up those books to the Truth of God’s Word. We don’t get to decide what Jesus did and didn’t say. It is written.
Amen to that!
Here’s some more great advice from another author friend, Jackie Johnson: Feeling Lonely? Isolated? 5 Essential Life Connections
Just for Fun
Something I came across on someone’s blog several years ago:
“Today, whilst I was driving, a speed camera flashed me. I was not over the speed limit, so I turned around and went past it again even slower, again it flashed me. Confused I did again, it flashed. Finding this funny, I drove past again at snail’s pace. Only later receiving four fines for no seat belt.”
Have a great weekend! 🙂