>What Makes You Uncomfortable?

randomlychad  —  December 1, 2010 — 6 Comments

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What Makes You Uncomfortable?

     Over the past couple of days I’ve been dealing with some sensitive issues. Some folks were okay with the topics, others weren’t. Which prompted today’s post: what makes you uncomfortable? What crosses the line for you? What’s too far? For some people, mentioning the words “Jesus” and “poop” in the same sentence is too far, for others this is no big deal—of course Jesus had bodily functions like we do: He even ate after His resurrection. We all have our convictions, but I think we get into trouble when we project those convictions onto others.
     As discussed over on Nicole Cottrell’s excellent blog, Modern Reject, some Jesus-loving people are okay with the occasional swear word, while others aren’t. There are good reasons on both sides. What’s central is the heart. In Matthew 12:32, Jesus said (to the Pharisees), “O generation of vipers, how can ye, being evil, speak good things? For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh.” In Matthew 15:17, He asked “Do not ye yet understand, that whatsoever entereth in at the mouth goeth into the belly, and is cast out into the draught?” So, two things here: 1) our evil comes from out of our hearts; and 2) what we eat doesn’t make us evil. It’s our misplaced desires that defile us. Nowhere even in the list in Matthew 15:19 does “cussing” appear. All of which is my long-winded way of saying that I think God is far more concerned with our hearts—our motives—than He is with the occasional word that slips out of our mouths. I’m not saying that He is, or isn’t, okay with swearing–I’m just saying that I think if one of us happens to hit ourself with a hammer I think He understands if what comes out of the mouth at that time is less than sweet wine. He’s far more interested in the why than the what (not that the “what” doesn’t matter—it does).
     Which brings me back to the questions that I posed at the beginning of the post today: what’s too far for you? What do you think crosses a line that God’s not okay with? What’s the most uncomfortable you’ve ever been? At work, or at church? What’s the worst thing you heard in church? What’s the worst thing you said in church? What, in your view, is just plain too far? Or is it different for every believer? Do you cuss, or not? Do you yell at your spouse, or kids, on Sunday morning, and then act all “Hallelujah-praise-the-Lord-it’s-a-great-day-brother” when you get to church? What’s worse in your view? The fact is, we all struggle with something—whether it’s anger, or cussing, or whatever. I’ve shared on this blog on numerous occasions the things I struggle with, so let’s hear some of yours today.
Thanks, and may God richly bless you.

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  • – b

    The little cartoon makes me chuckle and yet reminds me of a struggle of my own. Often through the day, as little things come up that annoy and bother me, my thoughts will angrily think of the name Jesus Christ. Other times I'll be interacting with someone and inside there are angry thoughts that bounce around -- insulting names or disparaging ideas. It's been a long time since those things have actually come out of my mouth, but I struggle to understand the source of them, or even their nature. Is it a reflection of an issue in my heart? Is it a temptation? What I do know is that I don't like it, but I hope in God's election of me despite this heart condition I have.

    • Benjamin,Get out of my head, man! Seriously! I have the same struggle--and I suspect all of us who are human have the same heart condition, which is why we need grace, and need to give grace. God knows what's in our hearts, in our heads, so my advice is to always come before Him with what is in you--not what you think should be in you ('cause He already knows anyway). Right now, it's cool to hate on Steven Johnson, but while unclassy, at least the dude was honest about where he was at.

      • – b

        My pride wants me to be able to get over it, but I really just want to rest and enjoy knowing that God called me out of the world on His merit and ability, not my own. I'm not a Christian because of what I've done.

        A buddy of mine wrote a blog post about that NFL story recently. Thought it might interest you: http://wp.me/p14gbJ-aw

        • None are Christians by what we've done--on the contrary, we are Christians in spite of what we've done: it's all by His hand. Rest in that, my friend. By the way, love what your friend wrote! Great perspective on the issue.

  • sarachoe

    my friends occasionally come down with bouts of sailor's mouth syndrome but i know and see that they love God. yet i don't think we realize that we can curse (and sadly, do so) each other out without uttering a single cuss word.

    • Sarah, thanks for your comment! You're absolutely right--we can, and sadly, do--vilify one another on our hearts without ever uttering a word. Jesus came put pretty strongly against this very thing. I don't have the reference in front of me, but in one of John's epistles we're asked “how can we hate our brother whom we've seen, and claim to love God whom we haven't seen?” It's pretty hardcore stuff. Thanks so much for taking the time to read and comment!