The modern world in which we live is filled with much greatness. We have technology that allows us to reach greater heights than ever before. With the sound of our voice, we can activate something miles away and we can be reminded of nearly anything by pressing a few buttons. Personally, I enjoy so much of this greatness on a daily basis and while we have made so much progress, strangely, with this progress we have witnessed many setbacks.
Think about how so many people are offended by the simplest of suggestion or someone disagreeing with them. Over the last few months and even years, it has become crystal clear to me that so many of these people are offended by anything and everything that does not impact their lives. In other words, these people are offended for the sake of being offended. This is difficult for those in the faith but God is clear that we are not to treat these people any different.
As Christians, we are God’s people-His children-and we are blessed beyond measures. There is so much evil in this world and although we are not exempt from it, we do have a promise that if we decide to pick up our cross and follow Christ then we have a Heavenly reward waiting. There is even better news: no person can take this away from us and while it is a simple concept, we must be willing to follow instructions from God: “But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves.” (James 1:22, King James Version).
More so, as a Christian, I recognize and understand the importance of each individual being created unique in the image of God. Because each individual is different and uniquely made, I respect each individual’s right to privacy and to engage in confidentiality. However, we cannot be so overcome by the idea of individuality that we forget about Jesus Christ and of spreading His word. Furthermore, as an American citizen, I believe in the idea of “life, liberty, and pursuit of happiness” given to each citizen in the Constitution.
As a Christian, I am guided by my faith to do well for my fellow human being and this includes confidentiality: “He who goes about as a talebearer reveals secrets, But he who is trustworthy conceals a matter” (Proverbs 11:13). Confidentiality and privacy are important concepts in the life of Americans and rightfully so as I value both of these concepts. Perhaps Proverbs 25:9 is a better guiding point: “Argue your case with your neighbor, And do not reveal the secret of another.” However, with that said, 2 Corinthians 8:21 is clear that it is crucial to be honest: “Providing for honest things, not only in the sight of the Lord, but also in the sight of men.”
Regardless of what someone thinks of me, I am to be honest with them and do my best for them. This does not mean that I have to be friends and go to the same social clubs but if I do not act in a respectful manner than these individuals may never reach the Promised Land. God is clear that we are not to do anything that would lead anyone astray and while we are not personally responsible for another’s salvation, we are to value their salvation: “remember this: Whoever turns a sinner from the error of their way will save them from death and cover over a multitude of sins” (James 5:20).