- I liked Ray Ortlund’s article, “‘One Anothers’ I Can’t Find in the New Testament.”
For example, sanctify one another, humble one another, scrutinize one another, pressure one another, embarrass one another, corner one another, interrupt one another, defeat one another, sacrifice one another, shame one another, marginalize one another, exclude one another, judge one another, run one another’s lives, confess one another’s sins . . . .
2. I liked Tim Keller’s explanation of 1 John 1:9—which reads, “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness”—“It doesn’t say that if we confess our sins, God forgives because he is merciful (though that is, of course, also true). It says he forgives when we confess because he is just. In other words, it would be unjust of God to deny us forgiveness because Jesus earned our acceptance. . . . He has taken the punishment and paid the debt for all our sins” (Prayer: Experiencing Awe and Intimacy with God, 209).
3. I liked Al Mohler’s article, “Saving Evangelicalism?” which was a response to David Books’s New York Times essay, “The Dissenters Trying to Save Evangelicalism.” Even though Brooks is not an evangelical, his words are in line with evangelicalism’s self-appointed hall monitors—especially with those who identify as liberals or progressives. Whenever I read articles like this, I can’t help but think of Erick Erickson‘s words:
I firmly view a lot of it as tribal performance art for people, including a lot of Christians, who have defined their identities based on their online personas. I know a lot of people think they’re just holding each other to account, but I’ve never known someone to be effective at accountability by coming off with disdain for the person they want to hold accountable. . . . Maybe pray for each other more than you subtweet and write about each other.
The “one anothers” that do not appear there. I’m guilty of some of these. I think I’m challenging, but I may be scrutinizing, pressuring, judging. Please forgive me. They only person that I think should be using “I” statements is me. Thank you for opening my heart and mind to this. Vince