Soul competency-Respect, and love for one another

Soul competency. It’s a term I only recently was introduced to… and thoroughly appreciate it. Basically, the concept being acted out is that people have choices, and they will answer for those choices to God, not others. God doesn’t force them, and neither should others. That those who have questions or differences of opinion on religious matters should all be treated with respect. Everyone may present their opinions, in love, but it’s their choice and God’s leading that will bring them to agreement with you… or not. Our place is simply to “speak the truth as [we] see it–in love. And [we] should grant that right to the other…. so long as these differences do not deny the authority of the Scriptures or the lordship of Jesus Christ.” (Baptist Faith and Message, Herschel Hobbs) We should make our choices based on faith, not fear–fear of what others think, what others might do, or what God might do to us if we don’t immediately comply with what we don’t understand but are told is correct.

I’ve appreciated seeing this in action. Hard topics haven’t been avoided, and no question has been side stepped. Rather, questions and beliefs have been thoroughly studied and considered, and always the individual asking questions or holding variant beliefs has been accepted. Why? Because truth with withstand questions. It will continue irregardless of different opinions. And maybe, because people are more willing to change their minds if they aren’t told they must, and won’t be as apt to cut those with different opinions off if they are treated with respect and love. Instead, they may continue to disagree for awhile, but in a safe, accepting, loving environment they may have time to consider better opinions and, with God’s help, realize that there is a better way.


About thrugracealone

I'm a country girl raised city. I prefer open windows to AC, love a good thunderstorm, and enjoy hearing the owls and seeing lightning bugs. A bit old-fashioned, maybe, I can recognize many trees by name, resent elms and weeds, wish for a large garden and canning skills, and hope someday to downsize and get a few acres in the country. I am blessed with a terrific church, a good job, a sturdy house, two cats and a yard full of strawberries and mulberries in the right season. Some of my other favorite things to do are spoiling nieces and nephews, reading, swimming, biking, long walks, and blogging, of course. One of my favorite stories is creation. My abbreviated version goes like this: 1In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. 2Now the earth wasa formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters... And God moved... And God said... And it was very good. If God can speak to darkness, to an earth without form and void, and make something like this that we see everyday, and make it very good (and it was even better before the Fall!), He will surely make something wonderful out of the dark, void situations I sometimes find myself in. He has, and it's been very good. Two top posts: Can a Person Lose their Salvation? Baptism!

Posted on September 3, 2011, in Christianity. Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. That is one of the hardest things we Christians have to do, to share our faith in love. To not force it down others throats. To show respect.

  2. Very true. Yet it is also an amazing silent testimony to the grace and love of our God.

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