We live in an age of tolerance. What works for you is right for you, even if it’s not right for me. And living in an age of tolerance doesn’t really lend itself to discipline or rebuke or correction. If I’m convinced that you think wrong or are living wrong, well, who am I to tell you, because I’m supposed to be tolerant.
There’s a lot that’s good about tolerance, but this is one of it’s weak points. Because we are all incredibly capable of self-deception and we NEED to be disciplined, rebuked, and corrected. In today’s reading (Proverbs 12) we see that in verse 1, “Whoever loves discipline loves knowledge, but he who hates correction is stupid.”
Pretty intense words: If I don’t love it when someone corrects me, I am stupid. So easy application question: Do I love discipline, rebuke, and correction? Do you LOVE IT when someone disciplines, rebukes, and corrects you? If yes, sounds like you’re taking you’re lead from the Bible, not the culture you live in. If not, sounds like you’re taking you’re lead from the culture you live in, not the Bible and, sorry but according to God you are stupid. (But you can change that! Start loving discipline, rebuke, and correction!)