There are times when you must throw the book at people. It’s up to them whether they receive it or throw it back.There are times, as a believer, when you will be going about your day, and suddenly someone does or says something that doesn’t seem very right. You might not be able to put your finger on it, but you know that there is something fishy going on. Something feels wrong.
As believers we are called to hold each other accountable to walk as Jesus walked, as it tells us to in 1 John 2:6- “Whoever claims to live in him[God], must walk as Jesus did.” (NIV)
There are three questions that are bound to drive the truth out of someone, distinguishing the true disciples of Jesus from all the others. Just remember to do it with respect (read 2 Timothy 2:25, 1 Corinthians 4:12-13, 1 Peter 3:15-16).
1. Ask them, Is that the way it’s supposed to be? (Example: “Most young people don’t like their parents.” “Yeah, but is that the way it’s supposed to be?”)
2. Ask them, Is that the right thing to do? (Example: “I’m going to skip work today.” “Is that the right thing to do?”) This one is a little tricky, because they may come up with a lame reason. If they do, ask them this third question.
3. Ask them, If you were in their shoes, would you want people to act the way you are acting? (Example: “This class is ridiculous! This is so stupid!” “Really? Well, if you were in the teacher’s shoes, would you want people to act the way you are acting?”)
These are simple yes or no questions, yet they bring out so much. You should also ask yourself these questions, asking the Holy Spirit to show you the truth about yourself. If you or other people respond with anything other than yes or no, they are most likely making excuses.
Throw the book at them, the book being the Bible. So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you. for this sums up the Law and the Prophets. (Matthew 7:12). Whether they truly follow Christ or not will be most exemplified in that moment where they have the choice to either do what feels good, or to do what is right.