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"Run 'Em Through The Muck Righteousness"
by Wayne Blank
Christianity Is Not A Slander Contest
Denigrating an adversary is commonly seen today during election campaigns where candidates often focus as much (or more) on making their opponent look bad as they do making themselves look good. Unfortunately, all too often, Christians who differ in belief resort to the same worldly tactic - either to reassure themselves, or their followers, that they are "right."
The folly of "run 'em through the muck righteousness" is that it's morally and intellectually impossible to raise one's self up by tearing someone else down. It is in fact, more than anything, just a cheap diversion to keep people's eyes on the "other guy," and away from what the slanderer himself or herself has to hide about himself or herself. But it's just a diversion for people's eyes, not God's, because when all is done, come the Judgment Day, the only Judgment Day that matters, God isn't going to ask, "What did he do?" or "What did she do?" - He's going to ask, "What did you do?" And make no mistake, He will already know the answer (see Glass Houses).
"Do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God"
"do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, in whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, with all malice, and be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you." (Ephesians 4:30-32 RSV)
Fact Finder: Will slanderers enter the Kingdom of God?