This morning’s passage can be misinterpreted. It can be taken as one should not judge at all: that evil can flourish, for all must be converged. All most be one. As if love means you never correct, never limit, never challenge. As if we were jellyfish, and not men.
The better application is true ecumenicism. There are different branches of the church, with traditions and means of worship, and marked differences in theologies. In all, people worship God as truly as they can. In all, they fail to obey as best they can. And it all, the seek the truth of the gospel.
But our models of the gospel are not the gospel. We are not apostles. We have two thousand years of thinking on these issues, for better and worse, and our scholars continue to delve into the works of the past, so that we can bring afresh the gospel to this time.
And the command here is not to judge the brother on his practice of the faith. If he vows to pray five times a day, and to poverty and chastity and communal obedience, praise God for the monk in our midst. If he is a Papist or Orthodox, praise God. And if he is reformed in his faith, let him learn from the Pentecostals not to become frozen.
As for the one who is weak in faith, welcome him, but not to quarrel over opinions. One person believes he may eat anything, while the weak person eats only vegetables. Let not the one who eats despise the one who abstains, and let not the one who abstains pass judgment on the one who eats, for God has welcomed him. Who are you to pass judgment on the servant of another? It is before his own master that he stands or falls. And he will be upheld, for the Lord is able to make him stand. One person esteems one day as better than another, while another esteems all days alike. Each one should be fully convinced in his own mind. The one who observes the day, observes it in honor of the Lord. The one who eats, eats in honor of the Lord, since he gives thanks to God, while the one who abstains, abstains in honor of the Lord and gives thanks to God. For none of us lives to himself, and none of us dies to himself. For if we live, we live to the Lord, and if we die, we die to the Lord. So then, whether we live or whether we die, we are the Lord's. For to this end Christ died and lived again, that he might be Lord both of the dead and of the living. Why do you pass judgment on your brother? Or you, why do you despise your brother? For we will all stand before the judgment seat of God; for it is written, “As I live, says the Lord, every knee shall bow to me, and every tongue shall confess to God.” So then each of us will give an account of himself to God. (Romans 14:1-12 ESV)
We have enough to do with the false teachers and their enablers. The heresiarch, those who decide that humanity is broken into the righteous proletariat and the evil oppressors. pr by sex, or by race. You can tell such by the consequences to the followers of their teaching.
Gavin Long’s bizarre Afrocentric cult mentality is neither new nor uncommon.
This kind of kook cult conspiracy stuff is always floating around out there. You’ve got white people who are into weird pagan sex cults, feminists who are into astrology, tarot, “goddess spirituality,” et cetera.
Was it entirely coincidental that a crazy kook cultist like Gavin Long was inspired to drive to Louisiana and shoot cops? No, because the “Black Lives Matter” movement appeals to the same kind of Afrocentric racial insanity that led Gavin long to rename himself “Cosmo Setepenra.”
This is the problem with media coverage that deliberately feeds into racial paranoia in the black community…
CNN and other media act like a warped mirror, reflecting back to the audience a distorted view of the world, a sort of alternative reality, and some people are unable to cope with the cognitive dissonance this creates. TV shows us a world full of rich people, important people and famous people, whereas the vast majority of viewers are poor, insignificant and obscure, at least in comparison to the people they see on TV. There is a seemingly unbridgeable gap between TV life and real life. A dangerous kind of craziness takes hold when an obscure loser becomes obsessed by the idea that they can Be Somebody — that is to say, they can become one of the Important People on TV — by committing a spectacular act of violence. Whether it’s Dylan Klebold and Eric Harris perpetrating the Columbine Massacre or Gavin Long shooting cops in Baton Rouge, the deranged mental process involved is essentially the same.
It is a lot easier to live in a fantasy world. To crawl into swords or sorcery, or light novels or speed racing through games… but these things are not reality based. There are too many people out there who concentrated completely on their goals, forgetting family and forgetting that we have but a short period on this earth during which we can do good or evil.
And that most of us are to live quiet and godly lives.
We are not the elite. Let us praise God.