Using The F-Word (2 Corinthians 13:5)

In this age of political correctness, there are very few topics that can be publicly discussed without the risk of being canceled or publicly shamed. Thus it is surprising that social media is willing to tolerate issues regarding the F-word. Yes, you read correctly. The F-word. Faith!

Politicians, celebrities, and other public figures are now openly questioning each other’s faith. This line of questioning occurs when another’s opinions differ from their own. It ranges on diverse topics such as how the homeless and undocumented immigrants are treated to viewpoints on abortion. Arguments begin with statements like, “A good Christian would never allow this to happen.” or “I question this person’s faith if they condone this.” Social media readily posts these rants as long as it is in line with their own views and ignores others that contradict their professed stance. 

Is it ever appropriate to question the faith of another? Like all questions, it depends upon the context. Our Lord Jesus Christ questioned the faith of the Pharisees when they exhibited hypocritical actions attempting to serve God but catering to their own interests. Peter did not escape the scrutiny of our Lord when he boasted that he would never leave Him just before he denied knowing Him. The Bible even commands us to test and question our own faith.

Examine yourselves to see if your faith is genuine. Test yourselves. Surely you know that Jesus Christ is among you; if not, you have failed the test of genuine faith. 

2 Corinthians 13:5 (NLT)

How do we examine and test ourselves? Everything we do and say must be held to God’s standard, which He revealed to us in the Bible. Like a blacksmith testing the metal he is working with, we must be willing to undergo trials to prove our faith. All of this is done by praying to God to intervene in our lives. 

Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. Point out anything in me that offends you, and lead me along the path of everlasting life. 

Psalms 139:23-24 (NLT)

There are times when we should question the faith of another when their actions contradict God’s Word. However, before we do so, we need to look in the mirror and be honest with our own motives and intentions. Are we also willing to have our faith tested and questioned? Only by surrendering our will to God through faith and belief in Jesus Christ, will we be able to truthfully answer this question.

Love and trust in the Lord; seek His will in your life.

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