Have you ever had someone attempt to use the Bible against you in a harmful way? Perhaps to call you out on your faith? It’s my experience that many times when someone attempts to use Scripture as a weapon, they don’t have a good understanding of it in the first place.
We live in a world where a Christian’s every move is constantly under a microscope—just waiting for us to screw up so unbelievers can once again attempt to prove the fallibility of our faith. Oh, if only we as believers would quit walking on eggshells and worrying about what the world is going to say and how we are going to defend ourselves. Instead, we should be strengthening our faith through regular time with the Lord and studying His Word. Then we will discover it cannot be used as a weapon against us, but rather, the Bible says no weapon formed against us will prosper! That same passage tells us that we will condemn every tongue that rises against us in judgment and that our validation comes from God alone (Isaiah 54:17).
I once found myself in a position where I felt I needed to defend myself and set the record straight. The accusations that were being hurled at me were from someone who reminded me that they “went to a Christian school and know what the Bible says”. Yet, here I was being bombarded with lies, swearing, and spitefulness. Even if I don’t retaliate, I still find myself with the desire to go vent to someone I know will understand me and affirm that I am in the right—that I’m a real Christian and not to worry about it. But I cannot do that, and neither can you if you call yourself a follower of Christ.
Why? Because the moment we surrendered to the Lordship of Jesus Christ, we gave up the right to pass judgment on anyone, including ourselves. In fact, we gave up all rights to our life to become slaves of righteousness and to trust God with our every breath. The more we study the Word the greater our understanding will be, as will our willingness to submit to Him. Let’s choose to live out the Gospel by seeking God’s approval for our lives—not man’s. It’s only when we can come to that place of humility and surrender that we grow exponentially in our faith.
But with me it is a very small thing that I should be judged by you or by a human court. In fact, I do not even judge myself. -1Cor 4:3 (NKJV)
He never sinned, nor ever deceived anyone. He did not retaliate when he was insulted, nor threaten revenge when he suffered. He left his case in the hands of God, who always judges fairly. -1Peter 2:22-23 (NLT)
Are you using God’s Word for your purposes or for His?