Scorched Earth? Not Over Coffee

“It is easy to criticize from a computer keyboard or from a church pew, when people are at some distance away from us, when we aren’t really involved in their lives, and we don’t really know them. It is much more difficult to scorch people when we’ve had a coffee with them or walked a mile with them. Then we realize that they are human after all, that they’ve had an awful childhood, that they are enduring a depressing marriage, that they’ve never had sound Bible teaching, or that there is some other stress in their lives that puts their words and actions in a different light. Or we might discover that we’ve completely misjudged them and the fault is more in our perception and discernment than in their conduct.” -David Murray, The Happy Christian

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