The other day I listened as a young preacher, mimicking a much older man, stated, “I want you to know that I am one rude, crude, dude.” I suppose he thought this remark made him appear a really tough dude. I wasn’t bothered by the line of speech. I was a little troubled by the roar of “Amen, brother, preach it.”
As I drove home I recalled a remark made by the truck driver, longshoreman, hobo philosopher, Eric Hoffer. See what you think of his statement:
“Rudeness is a weak imitation of strength.”
Paul wrote to Timothy in 2 Timothy 2:24, “And the servant of the Lord must not strive; but be gentle unto all men, apt to teach, patient,”
Paul’s strive carries the idea of war, which compared to patient, means that we do not advance ideas via bullying, but by the power of the Holy Spirit and the virtue of the idea. We do not succeed by browbeating someone or group into mere acquiescence.
Get me right, I am not a pacifist by any definition, I am a militant Christian. I am convinced Christ wants His saints marching in tune with His weapons as mentioned in 2 Corinthians 10:3, “For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh: 4 (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;)”
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