There are 3 great reasons to use Affirm:
- Personal growth
- Helping others grow
- Protecting and promoting life-saving truth
Even though we may feel like we know it all, we usually don’t. There is so much misinformation in the world that it’s easy to be misled. We all can learn more and having the humility and patience to listen to and consider other views is healthy – especially when they are presented by someone we know personally who genuinely cares about our well-being. Using the Affirm tool to state our beliefs allows other people we know and trust to respond by encouraging us and also (even more importantly) helping to correct us.
“And if any man think that he knoweth any thing, he knoweth nothing yet as he ought to know.” -1 Corinthians 8:2 KJV
Helping Others Grow
We have a great responsibility to be “salt and light” in our culture. This is extremely hard to do. This is a process of building trust and sharing one person at a time. No one cares what you know until they know you care. A good first step in this process is using the Affirm tool to state our beliefs and determine which wants need more attention and discussion. We need to be willing to share what we believe openly during this is an essential process.
“As iron sharpens iron; likewise one person sharpens another.” -Proverbs 27:17
Protecting and Promoting Truth
The book of Jude instructs us to “earnestly contend for the faith.” We need to do everything we can to stand for the truth and stop harmful lies. One obvious way to do so is to associate with and reward those who share our views. We have a chose where we spend our money and who we vote for. We can use the Affirm tool to see who is most aligned with the truth and support him.
Some people may be confused by scriptures that say “love your enemy” and do good to them who persecute you. They may think that this means that we are to do business with and help those who are “enemies of truth” but that is not what these scriptures mean.
We definitely should NOT be enabling people and businesses who promote evil. On the contrary, we should be doing everything we can to stop them. This is true love. Does a parent give their alcoholic son more money? Do you give a drug addict more drugs? Of course not.
Chapter 12 of Romans explains exactly what we should or should not do:
- Don’t be vengeful. God will judge and repay.
- We are to lovingly explain the truth and why we can’t support evil
- We are to overcome evil with good, with tough love in this way, not by helping and enabling
- If and when our enemy is brought low, to the point of hunger or thirst, are we allow to fill these basic needs