I love kitchen gadgets. I especially love my Rada knives. They are extremely sharp and make cutting meats and veggies an easy task. In the hand of the right person, this is an amazing tool. In the hands of the wrong person it could be a horrific weapon. Even to an experienced, but careless cook it can still cause injury. In fact I’ve spent one Christmas Eve in an Urgent Care facility, because a family member used one of those knives carelessly and ended up needing several stitches.
Interestingly enough, there is a verse in Hebrews 4:12 that says “For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.”
Now don’t take offense at the fact that I’m going to compare the Word of God to a puny Rada knife. Rather, take a moment and look at the similarities. They are both sharp and piercing and used the right way they cut through meat, and joints and marrow, and the things that bind us.
However, in the hands of the inexperienced, or the downright mean they can both be used to destroy those that they are wielded at. In the hands of a controlling, manipulative and religious person, the Word of God can divide the soul and spirit. Don’t believe me?
Think about the innocent little girl who is raped and told by somebody “well it’s like the Bible says, you reap what you sew, you did something to bring this on”. You have just sounded spiritual, you have just misused God’s Word and you’ve hurt her more deeply than the rapist.
Proverbs 18:14 The spirit of a man will sustain his infirmity; but a wounded spirit who can bear? another translation says a CRUSHED spirit. Crushed…maybe even divided asunder?
In the book of Luke, a lawyer asks Jesus what He needs to do to inherit eternal life. Jesus answers him and says Luke 10:27 And he answering said, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy strength, and with all thy mind; and thy neighbor as thyself.
In Mark 11:34-40 the Bible says Hearing that Jesus had silenced the Sadducees, the Pharisees got together. One of them, an expert in the law, tested him with this question: “Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?”
Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”
In neither of these two instances did Jesus tell us to wound, hurt and argue with sinners (or saints). It doesn’t say slice and dice them with My Word. It says to love them as yourself….putting their needs equal to your own, valuing them and looking out for their good.
In many places in the Bible, God gives us His Word as a warning, or a heads up, if you will. The 10 commandments for example are a list of things you shouldn’t do, not because God doesn’t want you having fun (as if murder and stealing are fun). Rather, it’s because He knows it’s going to cause harm in some way. Perhaps, just perhaps In Hebrews 4:12 when God talked about the sharpness of His Word He was saying “hey watch it, don’t use My Word to hurt instead of to heal”.
I don’t mean we turn a blind eye to sin, or say it’s ok to do vile things that go against the Bible. However, I don’t think we have been given free reign to slice and dice those around us (sinners or saints). Nor is it our job to point out everyone else’s sin, because really our own issues should keep up quite busy.
Jesus came to set the captives free. Let’s not work against Him.
If you feel like you’ve been sliced and diced by Christians, I’m sorry. I feel your pain, I understand how deep the wounds go.
Know this, you are LOVED! You have VALUE!