Should Christians Just Live Their Lives and Let Everyone Else Live Theirs?

by Robert Driskell · Print Print · Email Email

Oftentimes, when we Christians express their beliefs in public, those who disagree with us will accuse us of meddling, intolerance, bigotry, or just not minding our own business.  Granted, many times it would be easier for us just to be quiet about the declining moral condition of our nation, abortion, violence and sex in the media, adultery, homosexuality, etc.  It does seem very quiet when one’s head is buried in the sand.  Nevertheless, we followers of Jesus Christ seem to always be speaking out about something, injecting our biblically-based opinion into the public arena, many times where we certainly are not welcome.  Why do we do this?  Do we enjoy being ridiculed and mocked for our beliefs?

Let’s see if we can shed some light on this subject.

Everyone lives by their beliefs

Everyone conducts their lives based on their beliefs.  What we believe to be true guides us in how we live.  You don’t stick your hand in the fire because you believe that the fire is hot and it will hurt.  You eat because you believe it keeps you alive.  You show up to work on time because you believe that you’ll get fired if you don’t.  We are motivated to certain actions and behavior by what we believe.  It would be unreasonable, illogical, and perhaps insane to act otherwise.

Does everyone believe in God?

When asked, most people will say they believe in God.  Consider yourself: Do you believe in God? Many people who say they believe in God do not live like it.  Many simply say they believe in God and then conjure up a god in their own imagination that allows them to do whatever they want to do and think it’s all right with god.  If someone truly believes that there is a God, would they not think it important to find out what He is like, what He expects of us, how we can please Him, and how we can have a relationship with Him?  How could anyone, in their right mind, believe that there is an all mighty Creator God to whom we are responsible, and simply not care?

Should the Christian ‘judge not’?

Many times, when a Christian expresses his or her belief that certain things are wrong, someone counters with, “Doesn’t the Bible also say that you shouldn’t judge others?”  Well, sort of.  First, let’s define the word ‘judge’.  If we define judging as pronouncing condemnation or judgment against someone on the basis of our own authority, then we are out of line, we don’t have that power.  However, God does; it is His opinion that matters.  Therefore, when Christians state that the Bible (remember, it is God’s Word to us) says that something is wrong, it is not we who are judging anything, we are simply conveying the message God has given us.  In addition, the Bible repeatedly tells us to be discerning (Romans12:2; Ephesians 5:10).  It also tells us to test everything according to His Word (I Thessalonians 5:21).  So, clearly God does not want His people walking around with their fingers in their ears going, “La, la, la, la”, we are to evaluate everything in light of the teachings of His Word.

Christians can’t remain silent as we see someone headed for an eternity without God.

Christians can’t remain silent as we see someone headed for an eternity without God.

The Christian’s Motivation

Okay, back to the issues of beliefs.  Christians believe that God is real, that He loves us, and that He sent His Son to die for our sins, so that we (through faith in Jesus) can be forgiven and live in harmony with Him forever.  We respond in love and gratitude for who God is and what He has done for us.

We also believe that the Bible is God’s Word to us and is authoritative in our lives (II Samuel 7:28; Psalm 119:60; John 17:17; II Timothy 3:16; II Peter 1:20-21).  We have good reasons to believe that God gave us the Bible as a guide for living and a guide to knowing Him.  This is why it holds such an important place in our lives.  This is why what it says is so important.

The Bible and Sin

The Bible says that sin will prevent us from entering Heaven or having a relationship with God that does anything but incur His wrath.  The Bible tells us, “…that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor men who practice homosexuality, nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God” (I Corinthians 6:9-10 ESV; see also I Corinthians 15:50; Galatians 5:21; Ephesians 5:5; I Timothy 1:9; Hebrews 12:14, 13:4; Revelation 21:8, 22:15).

However, the Bible also says that we can be forgiven of sins and have the kind of relationship with God for which we were created. Following the passage that lists some of the sins that keep one out of the Kingdom of God, we read, “And such were some of you. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God” (I Corinthians 6:11 ESV).  No matter what sins we’ve committed in our lives, when we trust Jesus for our salvation and live for Him we are forgiven of those sins and begin a wonderful personal relationship with God.

Conclusion

Christians believe in God and want to live their lives for Him.  Christians believe that the Bible is God’s Word to humanity and is the authority for our lives.  The Bible gives us God’s standards of right and wrong.  The Bible tells us that everyone is sinful and separated from God unless they have a trusted Jesus Christ as their Savior.  Christians want others to be forgiven and have a personal relationship with God, and we believe that the Bible instructs us to share that opportunity with others (Matthew 28:19-20; Mark 16:15-16).

Therefore, the reason Christians can’t just live their lives and leave others alone is that we love God and we love others.  We can’t remain silent as we see someone headed for an eternity without God.  It would be like knowing someone was about to accidentally walk off a cliff, but saying nothing because we don’t want to butt in.  That is not the loving thing to do.  So, next time you wonder about a Christian’s motivation for speaking out about some current issue, remember that we speak out of our love for God and our love for others.

Related Reading:  How Tolerant Should A Christian Be: Are Christians Judgmental

Resources – The Holy Bible, English Standard Version “Scripture quotations are from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version® (ESV®), copyright © 2001 by Crossway, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.”

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DocReits December 29, 2013 at 10:29 am

Thank You!!!

You know how folks put on background “mood” music to soothe their cares? I listen to Robert Driskell to soothe mine. Thank you so much Robert for the “speaking the truth in love”…it is music to my ears.

If we go far enough down the path you outline it makes us a little “crazy” in the world’s eyes, because we do get a little “antsy” to warn our neighbors that the cliff(hell) is approaching unless they put on the parachute(Jesus Christ).

I love the way Paul puts it here:

“13 If it seems we are crazy, it is to bring glory to God. And if we are in our right minds, it is for your benefit. 14 Either way, Christ’s love controls us. Since we believe that Christ died for all, we also believe that we have all died to our old life. 15 He died for everyone so that those who receive his new life will no longer live for themselves. Instead, they will live for Christ, who died and was raised for them.”

Oh. Lord Jesus, wake up those who sleep, so that they will not perish!

God Bless you Robert for playing my favorite music!

DocReits

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Robert December 30, 2013 at 10:24 am

Thank you Doc,
And, once again, let me say that it is so encouraging to know that my service to God is bearing fruit. As for the music metaphor you mentioned, I too try to hear the tune of God’s Word playing ceaselessly in my life. It is what keeps me grounded in my faith and allows me to understand things as they truly are. But that is not something only I experience, it is the walk of every believer who, “loves the Lord with all their heart, mind, soul, body, and strength”. God is so good and He loves us to much. He doesn’t require us to jump through hoops or to make ourselves acceptable to Him (which is impossible anyway); He has paid the price of our salvation already through what Jesus Christ has done…all He asks is for us to give our lives back to Him, the life that He gave us in the first place, and share His love with others. God bless you, Doc. May you have a blessed New Year.
Yours in Christ,
Robert

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Jack H January 1, 2014 at 3:53 pm

Rob! This is important! You know the vertical banner ad at the top? It advertised meditation! THE SECULAR KIND!!! O_O You may have to report this to whoever leads this site. This site could become a stumbling block thanks to this oversight. The ad is displayed by AdChoices, just so you know. Bye-bye! 😀

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Jack Wellman January 1, 2014 at 4:07 pm

Thank you Jack. We do not control, unfortunately, the banner ads but there is a way to click on the upper right hand corner of the ad where there is an “X” and it mutes this and this sends the advertisers a message that these types of ads are not acceptable and it is reported to, I believe, AdChoices so they do get the message. Unfortunately, about 95% of all ads on web today (possibly more) are all secular and we have no control over that but I do appreciate your telling us that so that we can mute it too. Thanks brother for telling us.

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