Paul demonstrates wisdom. With a bold directness, he calls out a foolish way of thinking to the point of shame. In today’s culture, this would be perceived as shaming and gaslighting. The idea that we would accept an offense and wait for God’s ultimate judgment rather than smear the name of Christ or the unity of his body is seen as an issue of “good stewardship,” rather than of holiness. We say “it wouldn’t be right to let someone take something from me.” But did we really earn the things we’ve been given by God? Should we protect these gifts more than our love of God or his image-bearers? Paul’s admonishment was meant to shame. Would we ever be so bold? If not, then we can never be so righteous.

Published by Josh McGary

MY NAME IS JOSH MCGARY. First, I am a Pastor of a small church in Portland, Oregon named Aletheia Bible Fellowship. We call it ABF. I have been a pastor there for the better part of 20 years. I am very eclectic. What I love, I love loudly and immersively. I have notable collections of toys, funko pops, and vinyl. I also infamously love pop culture, comic books, technology, the arts, psychology and philosophy. https://sleek.bio/joshmcgary

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