Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Beware of those who are always right

Matthew 7:3: And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother’s eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye?

“Beware of those who always claim to be right and get mad when you disagree with them: there is only one LORD and Jesus is His name!”
– D. Paul Tuck, Sr., from his "Sentence Sermon for TODAY" Tue, 18 Dec 2007


clinch64 said...

It seems to me that they would not become hostile unless they were afraid of a fallacy being uncovered.

R. L. Vaughn said...

Yes. That seems so to me.

And since we are not infallible, we should learn to be quite gracious about the possibility of our being wrong.

Anonymous said...

Hi Robert, this is Terre here. That verse and that little sermonette seem a strange juxtaposition to me, and I hope it was the author who put them together and not you because idon't mean to offend. The Bible verse is directed at US "you" "thine". The sermonette says to beware of others. God reveals our own hearts to us. The pastor takes that verse and turns it into a diatribe against others. It is never ourselves at fault in our own eyes, of course!

To me this is "proof" that the Bible is God written. Man would never say the things God says!

R. L. Vaughn said...

Terre, thanks for the comments. Welcome back. You haven't posted here in quite awhile.

You have a valid point. Jesus' statement, as recorded, directs us to look into ourselves rather than at others and doesn't directly say what is said in the comment.

One could even say there is the possibility of the author here actually doing what Matthew 7:3 says not to do. But I guess then if we say that, then someone could accuse us of doing the same also, so then we would go around in circles.

Ultimately, I would suppose that I would say that (1) Bro. Tuck has a valid point about those who are always right (no human is always right); and (2) he could have chosen another verse that goes with it better. I don't think that invalidates the substance of what he says. I don't think we would be wrong to "beware of those who always claim to be right," and that we should carefully evaluate even this to make sure we are not judging those who are "always right" in a mote sort of way with a "beam judgement", when we have a "beam" of "always right" in our own eye.

Bro. Matt said...

I'm not saying a word, for my wife might read this blog...