Ignorance is not bliss
When it comes to pro life vs pro abortion issues, people on both sides certainly find a lot of creative ways to position their messages. And their passion shines through…often in anger. Anger tends to point to an inner grappling with Truth. And when it comes to Truth, ignorance is not bliss.
I just read an article by a “progressive Christian” where he put up a list of “10 things you can’t do and still call yourself pro life”. As is often the case, he built straw man arguments, regurgitated half-truths, and used Bible passages out of context to build his pretext. The Apostle Paul admonished Christians to be “rightly dividing the Word of Truth“. In other words, don’t take the text of a verse out of context and use it to build your pretext. And that’s when you might argue against immigration restrictions when the issue is illegal immigration. And you might argue against war, when sometimes it’s absolutely necessary to go to war against evil countries and leaders. And you might argue for “higher minimum wages” when you have no clue how that destroys businesses and the lives of business owners who sweat blood to build something of value.
Ignorance is not bliss when it causes you do disagree with God.
It’s easy to let your human compassion override and overstep the boundaries God actually lays out. Especially when you see such a hurting world full of poor, sick, and dying people. However; you should try and see things God’s way…even if sometimes it makes you uncomfortable. Jesus even said “Do not think that I came to bring peace on earth. I did not come to bring peace, but a sword“. He also said “For the poor you have with you always…”
If you call yourself a “progressive Christian”, I urge you to consider what voice you’re listening to. It’s been said there are really only 3 voices you can hear inside your head…God’s, satan’s, or yours. The way you can know which one you’re tuning in is to check out how it lines up with the words in the Bible…in full context.
It’s vitally important because the world needs the Truth, the full-on-undiluted-anger-inducing persecuted Truth of Jesus. His complete message is one of love and justice, and ignorance is not bliss.