Paul asked:

My friend who is Christian makes racist comments and jokes but says he is just doing it in jest and doesn't think he's hurting anyone.

Patrick Madrid replied:

"The first thing that comes to mind when you say that is the Lord's warning. He says that we will be held accountable for every idle word that we say. Imagine that ... When we are judged, and he says it in Matthew chapter 12 verses 36 and 37, he says, 'you will be held accountable for every idle word.' ... Your friend thinks this isn't hurting anyone. It actually does hurt people. It hurts me, and I may not even be in the racial group that's being offended against.

If I heard your friend saying the N word, it would hurt me because even though I may not be the target of that racial epithet, still my brothers and sisters in Christ who are the target of that, if it hurts them it hurts me. Saint Paul says as much in 1st Corinthians chapter 12 he says, 'when one member of the body suffers all the members suffer with him.' So his thinking that this doesn't really hurt anybody it's really not true. Whether or not if someone hears it, think about the damage it does to your friendship with him. It's offensive to you, it's degrading to him ... it makes him more animalistic than angelic ... To treat other people with contempt and disrespect is the antithesis of Christianity.

You might handle it this way Paul, 'Hey friend are you really a Christian or are you a Christian in name only? If you really believe in Jesus Christ, if you really are Christian, how can you do something so contrary to what Jesus himself said when he talks about doing good to others, and helping others, and building them up and loving them?' ... He's inflicting damage on his own soul, and he's not living up to the teachings of Jesus ... Do you really want these words to be the things you are judged on?"


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Show air date: November, 26, 2013

Question appeared in show: 39:09

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