Innocence wears not a snarl…
has not a need to justify itself
and looks for no one to fault,
should something go wrong, No…
innocence is unaware of the
diversity of guile and those who
attempt to use it…
and should be seen as something
decent, integrity to condition or
belief of values upheld.
To see wrongs in the world and point them out is not judgmental! It merely points out the difference of what they might do to what others might do. It is then the reaction (emotion based) to what is said (sometimes hate based) that would impel or repel people to the comment- as if they don’t have one of their own they would force on you and call it understanding… even tolerant. To force on someone what they believe is intolerance, and this should not be confused with sharing what one believes as the truth they’ve found (simply espousing one’s thoughts of the heart). To tell someone what you believe leaves the choice up to the individual… and if they don’t agree then they simply walk away. Disturbance comes when one chooses to force their denial to believe what you’ve said back at you… such is the way of the world- and they call this tolerance and love.
Be thankful for the things you have and not the things you’d desire that another has- even to what beliefs they share if they speak not from love.
As in the OldTestament, lack of knowledge mitigates sin. Other passages, however, indicate that ignorance can be culpable without any palliation.
Psalm 53:3 KJV Every one of them is gone back: they are altogether become filthy; there is none that doeth good, no, not one.
Romans 3:10 KJV As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one:
Psalm 106:38 KJV And shed innocent blood, even the blood of their sons and of their daughters, whom they sacrificed unto the idols of Canaan: and the land was polluted with blood.
Jeremiah 7:6 KJV If ye oppress not the stranger, the fatherless, and the widow, and shed not innocent blood in this place, neither walk after other gods to your hurt:
sinned . . . fathers–like them, and so partaking of their guilt. The terms denote a rising gradation of sinning (compare Psalms 1:1 ).
with our fathers–we and they together forming one mass of corruption.
And those who depend on the Redeemer’s righteousness will endeavor to copy his example, and by word and deed to show forth his praise. Here begins a confession of sin; for we must acknowledge that the Lord has done right, and we have done wickedly. God is distrusted because his favors are not remembered. If he did not save us for his own name’s sake, and to the praise of his power and grace, we should all perish. Many that fare deliciously every day, and whose bodies are healthful, have leanness in their souls: no love to God, no thankfulness, no appetite for the Bread of life, and then the soul must be lean. Those wretchedly forget themselves, that feast their bodies and starve their souls. Even the true believer will see abundant cause to say, It is of the Lord’s mercies that I am not consumed. At length, God showed pity to his people for his covenant’s sake. The unchangeableness of God’s merciful nature and love to his people, makes him change the course of justice into mercy; and no other change is meant by God’s repentance.
40-43. Those nations first seduced and then oppressed them (compare Judges 1:34 , 2:14 , 3:30 ). Their apostasies ungratefully repaid God’s many mercies till He finally abandoned them to punishment ( Leviticus 26:39 ).