Friday, May 16, 2008

Criticism or honor?

"In everyday life we are continually soaked in this unhealthy atmosphere of mutual criticism, so much so that we are not always aware of it and we find ourselves drawn unwittingly into an implacable vicious circle: every reproach evokes a feeling of guilt in the critic as much as in the one criticized, and each one gains relief from his guilt in any way he can, by criticizing other people and in self-justification."

Paul Tournier, Guilt and Grace, pages 15-16.

Who shall bring any charge against God's elect? It is God who justifies. Romans 8:33

Outdo one another in showing honor. Romans 12:10

The gospel of justification by grace alone through faith alone in Christ alone apart from works creates a new, life-enriching social environment of honor. Who wouldn't want to be a part of that?