“So if you think that you are standing firm, be careful that you don?t fall” (1 Corinthians 10:12).
Some of you who are more, well, mature, will recall the grating voice of sports commentator Howard Cosell. Pompous, arrogant, know-it-all were among the kinder terms that were used to describe him. Here is another term. Invariably, annoyingly right. And perhaps that was the reason we disliked him most!
If I may say this with fear and trembling, The Churches of Christ are right. We are right to call ourselves by Bible names, right to call believers back to the Bible, right to demand a Bible verse for every teaching and practice. I would not want to be a part of a fellowship that stands for anything less.
But being “right” carries responsibilities, too.
If we’re right, we must also be humble. We cannot successfully search the AScriptures for God’s will unless we understand that we must continue to learn, continue to grow. Proud people risk a fall, but one thing they never do is risk learning more and growing (Proverbs 16:18)!
If we’re right, we also must be loving. We cannot make the mistake of “winning the debate, and losing the soul.”
If we?re right, we must also be merciful. When people sin, we need to lovingly call them back to God, and when they answer that call, we must gently restore them (Galatians 6:1). We might also remember that there will be times when we need to be given mercy.
If we?re right, we must also be patient. When we correct and rebuke (2 Timothy 4:2), we should remember that it took some time for us to arrive at our insights into God’s word, too.
Jesus was right – lovingly right, gently right, humbly right. He had all the answers without being a know-it-all. That?s not the only difference between Mr Cosell and the Lord, but it’s a big one!
Being right brings responsibilities. We must be more than right.