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Vol.  11  No. 1 January 2009  Page 11                    powered by FreeFind

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Good Judgment or Need for Good Sense

By Donald R. Fox

Donald R. Fox

The word judgment is a word with a variety of coupled meanings. For our brief study, I would like to focus on just one aspect of this word. As an example to set up our study, your wife wants to put a fresh coat of paint on the living room walls. She asks, “What color do you think would be nice?” You respond, “Use your own judgment, you have good taste.” In the work area, you assign a person or a group to do a job. You turn the job over to the worker(s). The supervisor does not look at every twist and turn; he has turned the task over to their judgment. The only guidance was, “Get the job done and do it right.”

As we pursue this line of study, it would be good to allow Webster to define judgment as pertains to our illustrations. Webster defines judgment in part as “the ability to come to opinions of things; power of comparing and deciding; understanding; good sense.”

Have you noticed per our illustrations and Webster’s definition that there must be a known and tested standard? There must be good sense and the power of comparing and deciding what is right and good. We must come to the conclusion that there are some things that are good and some effects that are bad. Do we understand that which is good as we are comparing and deciding? Pressing the issue, there are fixed rights and known wrongs.

Question: Where has our God given power of comparing and deciding gone? Example: Newsweek magazine, dated December 15, 2008 on page 3, “Top of the Week” article reads, “The Religious Case for Gay Marriage” by Lisa Miller. Well, here we go, these folks who lack good judgment treat the Word of God as if it is a living document and can be distorted at the will of unprincipled man. With their desire to push same-sex marriage on society, they recklessly and shamefully desire to change a plain judgment contained in the Bible. Note the following quote: “Many opponents of same-sex marriage base their objections on Scripture. Yet, says Lisa Miller, the Bible gives no good reason why gays and lesbians should not be married—and a number of reasons why they should.” Lisa Miller, where in the world did you get this idea? For sure it did not come from the Bible. One does not have the authority to change what the Bible teaches. You can mark that down!

Shall We use Our Good Sense!

“And the LORD God said, It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him an help meet for him. And out of the ground the LORD God formed every beast of the field, and every fowl of the air; and brought them unto Adam to see what he would call them: and whatsoever Adam called every living creature, that was the name thereof. And Adam gave names to all cattle, and to the fowl of the air, and to every beast of the field; but for Adam there was not found an help meet for him. And the LORD God caused a deep sleep to fall upon Adam, and he slept: and he took one of his ribs, and closed up the flesh instead thereof; And the rib, which the LORD God had taken from man, made he a woman, and brought her unto the man. And Adam said, This is now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh: she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man. Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh. And they were both naked, the man and his wife, and were not ashamed” (Genesis 2:18-25).

Friends, we do not have the right to change what the Word of God teaches on any subject. It is not necessary to beat up this subject. Only those who have poor judgmental powers cannot see or accept the truth. We continue to pray for such type of people.

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