What Does the Bible Say About Microaggression?

A university in California tells teachers not to ask students, "Where are you from?" Asking a minority implies they don't look American, and the question is considered racist. This is microaggression, a social justice shame game.

Microaggressions are perceived as subtle forms of prejudice, casual exchanges that communicate derogatory remarks, whether intended or not. You might be a homophobe or transphobe, sexist or racist, and not even know it -- especially if you're a white male.

If a man corrects a woman's behavior, if you ask someone what they are, make stereotypes of any kind, or say you're color blind and see everyone as equal. These are microaggressions, an aggressive word meaning attack.

And these attacks only go one way. Someone can accuse you of aggression, but you can't accuse them, or that's victim shaming, which is a microaggression. This is a victimhood mentality driven by subjective feelings and, ironically, prejudice.

This is not how Christians should regard each other. The Bible says if one has a complaint against another, forgive. As the Lord has forgiven you, so you must also forgive. Put on love with, the peace of Christ in your heart. Let your speech always be gracious (Colossians 3:13-15, 4:6).

If anyone is teaching something different, they have an unhealthy craving for controversy and quarrels about words, producing evil suspicions and constant friction (1 Timothy 6:3-5).

Do all things without grumbling or disputing, that you may be blameless and innocent, children of God without blemish in a crooked and twisted generation, among whom we shine as lights in the world holding fast to the word of life (Philippians 2:14-16), when we understand the text.
"Put on then, as God's chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience, bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony. And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful... Let your speech always be gracious." Colossians 3:12-15, 4:6
"If anyone teaches a different doctrine and does not agree with the sound words of our Lord Jesus Christ and the teaching that accords with godliness, he is puffed up with conceit and understands nothing. He has an unhealthy craving for controversy and for quarrels about words, which produce envy, dissension, slander, evil suspicions, and constant friction among people who are depraved in mind and deprived of the truth..." 1 Timothy 6:3-5
"Do all things without grumbling or disputing, that you may be blameless and innocent, children of God without blemish in the midst of a crooked and twisted generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world, holding fast to the word of life..." Philippians 2:14-16

Was Jesus a Socialist?

Was Jesus a socialist? Well, the Bible says that Jesus is King of kings and Lord of lords (1 Timothy 6:15, Revelation 19:16). So Jesus is sovereign, not socialist.

But in Acts chapter 4, we see at the beginning of the church that "those who believed were of one heart and soul, and no one said that any of the things that belonged to him was his own, but they had everything in common" (Acts 4:32). There was not a needy person among them. They gave their lands and their goods and the proceeds were distributed to those in need. See? Socialism!

Uh, no. Socialism isn't freely giving, it's forcefully taking. A socialist government believes the state has a duty to take what rightfully belongs to one person and give it to another. That's called stealing. God was very clear about where thieves will go (1 Corinthians 6:9-10). Whether one person does it, or ten million people vote for the elected officials who do it, it's still theft.

That was not the early church, where no one was taking from their neighbor, they were giving to their neighbor. Brothers and sisters in Christ gave as much or as little as they wanted, not reluctantly or under compulsion (2 Corinthians 9:6-8). Nothing was being taken by any authority, and the money wasn't being misused -- like, by killing babies and calling it healthcare.

Socialism costs everyone. Just because socialists say they want to give to the poor doesn't make it good. Judas wanted to take Mary's expensive ointment and give the proceeds to the poor! --because he was a thief who cared only about himself. Mary gave freely to the Lord and she was commended (John 12:1-8).

Our Sovereign King has distributed freely, He has given of Himself to poor sinners. Give thanks, for His righteousness endures forever (2 Corinthians 9:9), when we understand the text.

Paintings of God and the Second Commandment?

Wait a moment. What's in this image? Is that a picture of *gasp* God? And are these paintings of Jesus? Even though the second commandment says, "You shall not make for yourself a carved image, or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above?" Yes, well there's an explanation behind our opening graphic.

When We Understand the Text began as an effort to share the gospel and teach the Bible in context, correcting many assumptions people have come to believe but the Bible doesn't actually say. For example, the Bible does not say Jesus stands knocking at the door of your heart, waiting for you to invite Him in.

These images on the opening slide represent famous depictions of Bible stories. The logo is in a font called protest paint. So this opener was meant to be a protest against many common but false assumptions about the Bible.

This does not break the second commandment. God told Israel not to make a graven image of anything in heaven or on earth, but then He told Moses to fashion two angels on top of the ark of the covenant, and there were statues of angels in the temple.

Jesus is God born in the likeness of men, and the Bible describes His appearance. The Holy Spirit has appeared as a dove and as fire. Are these images lawless? The context of the second commandment forbids worshiping any graven image, which would make you an idolater.

That's not permission to make a likeness of God who is spirit. Sufficient enough is the word of Christ, who didn't look like a shampoo model. To guard your conscience, and not wanting to cause anyone to stumble, from now on, the opening slide will look like this. And we hope you'll still be alright with sharing the older videos with the old opener. We are, when we understand the text.

I Like Your Christ but Not Your Christians?

Legend has it that Gandhi once told a group of missionaries, "I like your Christ. I do not like your Christians. Your Christians are so unlike your Christ." There are two problems with this quote. One is that Gandhi did not actually like the Christ of the Bible. And two, Gandhi did not say this.*

Gandhi was a civil rights leader in India who encouraged nonviolent civil disobedience to gain independence from the British. This inspired another civil rights leader, Martin Luther King, Jr., who employed Gandhian principles to achieve social change.

Since Gandhi was such an icon, his sayings became legendary, including many quotes Gandhi never said. This is one of them, and it's been repeated everywhere from the Washington Times to Relevant Magazine, and in books by Ravi Zacharias, Lee Strobel, and Jen Hatmaker.

While Gandhi didn't say this about Christianity, he did say, "No religious tradition could claim a monopoly over truth or salvation." However, Jesus said, "I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me" (John 14:6). Jesus said He is the only truth, and He is the only way to heaven.

Gandhi believed in a version of Jesus that fit with his Hinduism, but he did not consider Jesus to be anyone other than a great teacher. He denied Jesus Christ was the Son of God, therefore he didn't think highly of Jesus' followers who preached the truth -- that fellowship with God and eternal life are given only by faith in Christ alone. (John 3:18, Acts 4:12)

Gandhi was not an authority on Christ or Christians or even humanity. Yet it's Gandhi one is appealing to with this quote, which he didn't even say. Our authority is Christ, and His word is the Bible, when we understand the text.

*The quote is similar to something said by a man named Bara Dada: "Jesus is ideal and wonderful, but you Christians -- you are not like him."

So Heavenly Minded You're No Earthly Good?

"Don't be so heavenly minded that you're of no earthly good." Have you ever heard that expression before? It is a lie from the pit of hell. More accurately, don't be so earthly minded that you're of no heavenly good.

Jesus said to seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all the things you need will be added to you (Matthew 6:33). The writer of Hebrews said to desire a heavenly city. "For here [on earth] we have no lasting city, but we seek the city that is to come" (13:14).

Paul wrote to the Galatians to hold to the promise of the Jerusalem from above (4:26). And he told the Colossians, "If you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above where Christ is. Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth." (Colossians 3:1-4).

When your hope is in Christ and His kingdom, nothing else will satisfy. Sin won't be as tempting. The world's attractions won't be as attractive. Earning the world's favor won't matter. You will desire to please your King and share the message of His kingdom, so others might believe and be saved. This world will perish in judgment, but the followers of Jesus will inherit His kingdom.

"So we do not lose heart. Though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day. For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal" (2 Corinthians 4:16-18), when we understand the text.