By Larry Ray Hafley
Too much of a good thing can be harmful. It is sunshine that created deserts. Excess equals abuse. Truly, “one can make a sin out of anything.” The exhortations to temperance include “over much” indulgence in items that are good.
The transition is not clear, but a comment or two may be in order with regard to reactionary writing. Did I say writing? Why not reactionary teaching? Alright, then, reactionary teaching. One needs to react to negative events in a positive, constructive manner. Gospel preachers must necessarily respond and react to events that cross the path of their work (2 Cor. 10:3-5). Criticism may arise at this point. “He is a `reactionary.’ Every time he sees a movement in the bushes, he fires from the lip-or the typewriter.” Yes, one can abuse a necessary thing such as reaction to people, places and events that concern the purity of the gospel.
Do not forget, though, that much of the New Testament is reactionary. See the letters to Corinth, Galatians, Colossians, and Hebrews. Much of the material in these epistles is in reply to teachings, response to questions and reaction to actions. Jude is another example, as an examination of verses three and four will clearly show. Reaction is often better than inaction. Therefore, let each one listen and read with caution and candor, even when we feel that someone is “over-reacting.”
This article, you say, is an example of “reactionary writing”? Well, watch what you say about it. You might be guilty of reacting!
Truth Magazine XXIII: 16, p. 267
April 19, 1979