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This is my reply

Updated on August 30, 2012

A reply to you

This is a comment that was sent to me regarding one of my articles.

Teacher Joe, I love what you write about, it is right from the heart and it is true. However, if you really are a teacher, could you please check your hubs for spelling before posting them? Both as professionals and as Christians we need them to be the best that they can be...

Here is my reply

I am very happy you enjoy my articles.

As for your comment concerning doubting my teaching:

Ask any teacher and they will tell you: some can teach children but cannot teach teenagers. Some can teach adults but not children. Some can teach university students but cannot teach adults.

By the photo’s you will see adequate prove that I teach children, teenagers, university students and adults. Many of the photo’s are from class trips I took them on.

As if that is not enough of a talent imagine going to a country where they think differently as well as have a different culture and you may understand why most foreign teachers only last one year.

I have taught all over China for eight years.

In the west most teachers cry because they have more than twenty students in a class. I gave individual attention to all my children in classes of over fifty students. Try that.

And if you think that is fun, try tutoring one on one and see if you have the patience for it.

Some of my students are studying at top universities in the west and they are not shy in thanking me because of my patience and love for them that gave them the confidence and skills needed to do that. It is not an easy task for a Chinese to study abroad.

All the time you are doing that you present yourself as a Christian and guide some of them to Jesus. If you think that is easy, I would with great glee, enjoy watching you try this feat.

You call my teaching ability or the fact that I am a teacher into question I would gladly appreciate if you can match that must less surpass it. After all, are you not insinuating you are superior to me? Then come over here and prove it. Actions speak louder than words.

Everyone who is arrogant in heart is an abomination to the Lord; be assured, he will not go unpunished. Proverbs 16:5

Oh yeah, many times I was in isolated villages where there was no other foreigners, no foreign TV, movies, books or music. At the time I had no computer. There was no heat in either the classroom or my apartment and it was well below zero in the winter time. During the summer when it is over a hundred degree’s there is no air conditioning. Come over and try it for a year and then you will have the right to talk the talk.

Concerning my spelling: I use spell check and read the articles before they are posted. Sometimes mistakes get by. I’m not perfect, are you? Or, you do not understand the spelling I use or why I use it.

For example, American English is different from British (oh yeah, that’s another point, most teachers can only teach either American English or British English. I have taught both. I would welcome the opportunity to see you do that in a class of over fifty students as well as be able to explain why there is the difference).

Now concerning Jesus’ disciples, most were poor fishermen. How good do you think their spelling was when they were writing the Gospels?

There have been many times I have read others articles on this site and noticed spelling mistakes but let it ride. It called being considerate and tolerant.

By your critical attitude in your comment I wonder if you are one of those Pharisee’s that drive people from the church and or Christ. If you have been here a while you may have read some articles that just such an attitude has driven people from churches and Christ. I know it has me with many churches.

When looking at faults, use a mirror, not a telescope.
Yazid Ibrahim

"Show me a person who is hyper-critical, and I will show you a person who is guilty of far worse sin in his own life. David was guilty of adultery and of premeditated murder. Yet he thought it perfectly just to kill a man who had merely stolen his neighbor's sheep. Of all people, King David should have been 'Mr. Compassion.' But instead, he was 'Mr. Hypocrisy.' He fell neatly into Nathan's little prophetic trap, as the prophet pointed his finger straight at David and said, 'You are the man.’” Greg Laurie

Perhaps you may need to sincerely talk with Jesus about your attitude and see if there is a bigger problem in you that you are trying to cover up by being so self righteous with others. At least in my opinion you are self righteous from your comment.

We were called to be witnesses, not lawyers or judges

Prayer: Jesus (Rabbi) I pray that all judgmental people reading this will take time to reflect with you where they may have problems in their life that needs correcting. As well my beloved, may all who have been criticized by others take heart in reading this article and build them up so they can continue to progress in their walk with the career you have chosen for them. And, to forgive those who have been judgmental with them. In the name of Him who was constantly criticized by the scribes and Pharisee’s of His day when He was walking on the earth, Jesus Christ, I pray. Amen.

May the sunshine of Jesus’ sweet love bless you today and every day.


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    • teacherjoe52 profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago

      Hi James.

      Thank you for your appreciation.

      The object was not to put anybody in their place but to expose a wrong attitude and direct towards a Christ attitude.

      God bless you.

    • James A Watkins profile image

      James A Watkins 

      6 years ago from Chicago

      Wow! Well, you sure told him. Your letter was an interesting look into your mindset. I sincerely appreciate the work you do for the Lord over there. God Bless You!

    • teacherjoe52 profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago

      Hi Nikki.

      Thank you. That is my point. We need to be tolerant of others just as Jesus is tolerant of us.

      Hi Blossom.

      Wow, that must have been quite the experiance in PNG. Yes we must continue to share Jesus until He comes to take us home.

      God bless you.

    • BlossomSB profile image

      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 

      6 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      The PNG Islands and later in Taiwan, but I think that once we had accepted the Great Commission (Matt. 28.19-20) and been dedicated as missionaries, that dedication was for life. Now I'm retired it is still my duty and joy to share the Gospel wherever we are in this beautiful world that He created. May God bless the work that you do in His Name.

    • Nikki Major profile image

      Nikki Major 

      6 years ago

      Keep up the good work teacherjoe52....none of us are perfect....

    • teacherjoe52 profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago

      Hi Rodric.

      Thank you for your apology.

      We all need to take to heart Galatians 5:23.

      As for attending church:there is a very limited number of churches here and thier doctrine and or behaviour is unChristlike. I follow the advice of Paul in 2 Timothy 3:2-5.

      Thank you for following me.

      God bless you.

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      Rodric Anthony Johnson 

      6 years ago from Peoria, Arizona

      Teacherjoe52, I reread my comment to you and compared it to what you wrote. It is a sin that I would take advantage of you words and try to use them against you an antagonize a already sore spot.

      My advice was sound, but my delivery was unChristlike. So I beg you pardon.

      Also, the church is a hospital. All are being healed there. Don't let the other patients run you away because their sickness is not as visible. Christ taught us to gather together and be instructed.

      Also, I cannot just leave comments and go away. I am my brother's keeper. I try to be anyway. If I let my pride get in the way I will go away. I am in it for the long haul buddy now that I am following you.

    • teacherjoe52 profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago

      Hello Blossom.

      Thank you.

      You have made me very happy.

      Learning to forgive and apologize is one of the hardest things I try to teach my children. It is not in their nature or custom.

      I acept your apology and you are forgiven.

      That is what I teach my children both by my actions and encourage them in theirs.

      It was just a misunderstanding.

      As such, I apologize for taking your comment the wrong way. Please forgive me.

      Again, this is a very important lesson I always try to teach my children.

      I believe you and I have just exhibited one of the most important aspects of the Christian life that would be so good if it it existed every where:reconcilliation

      It is just that I have endured more judgemental people who drive others from church within the Christian community than from without. I have both experianced and seen the tremendous suffering it had caused in others.

      Where were you a missionary?

      God bless you.

    • BlossomSB profile image

      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 

      6 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      I am so sorry that you viewed my comments as arrogant and rude and that you were upset. I did not intend to be judgmental, but as a Christian missionary teacher of many years' experience, I hoped that you would find them helpful. We Christians are well away of our imperfections. We are told to 'build each other up' and should help each other to be the best we can, not for ourselves but for the glory of our Heavenly Father.

    • teacherjoe52 profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago

      Hi Deborah.

      Thank you for you applaud. Yes I work very hard at being the best teacher I can for my students.

      Hi Roderic.

      Thank you for your comment.

      However, you have misinterpreted the meaning of the article.

      You can talk with anybody who knows me and quickly discovery I am not prideful, that has no place in a Christian’s life.

      The offence was what I perceive to be arrogance and rudeness. If that was not the intent then I do most humbly and sincerely apologize.

      However if it was then it must be confronted.

      You say Jesus is our teacher well I disagree on that. You can read it where Jesus informs His disciples that when He goes to Heaven He will send the Holy Spirit to instruct us in John 14:26.

      Now as for writing about my teaching, Did not the writer insinuate that I was not a teacher? Do I not have the right to prove my accuser wrong? Or do you think that it is okay for one believer to slander another (Which by the way you are silent on as to whether that believer should apologize for their slander. Do you know the writer of that comment has yet to apologize? Does your Bible not say that when we offend another we should apologize? ) but it is wrong for the one who is slandered to defend themselves? Have you not read in your Bible about how Jesus handled the scribes and Pharisee’s when they slandered Him? Have you not listened to or read any sermons or books written by such greats as Charles Spurgeon (He had some real zingers and was considered the greatest evangelist of the nineteenth century) or A. W.Tozer (He was famous in the nineteen fifties and was not shy about confronting his accusers) or Chuck Swindall or Greg Laurie or Dick Innes? Believe me the list can go on.

      Now then, let’s expand it a little okay?

      I took offence at what I perceive to be an arrogant and rude comment: It is so called “Christians” that have driven me and others from many churches that I have sworn would never step foot in again because of this attitude in churches. I think it was in Christianity Today where they asked people in the U.S. why they stopped going to church and one of the top reasons was because of members who are arrogant and rude to them. Read some of the articles here about how others were hurt because of cruel remarks and attitudes suffered at their church. As well I have witnessed on some Christian web sites others who say they will never again go to the web site because of all the criticism they see there.

      No, it does not take a few days or weeks to convince someone here that church is a warm and welcoming place. They are very shy. When they go and see this behavior good luck on getting them to go again. They perceive Christians to be worst then they. Yes, they are very happy to eagerly talk about Jesus, but view churches as a waste of time because of the hypocrites that infest the place. Take a read on this site how many atheists view Christians as judgmental and arrogant.

      You say that all I had to say was a thank you and leave it at that. Now you say you believe this article should be removed. Shouldn’t you just make a comment and leave it at that?

      God bless you.

    • Rodric29 profile image

      Rodric Anthony Johnson 

      6 years ago from Peoria, Arizona

      I think that your pride was wounded because a honest person tried to tell you something to help improve your message. As a teacher myself, the best are those that make good students.

      Learn from the writer in humility and God will increase your teaching ability to help others. I know that I am not as talented as you are in the gifts God gave you. But pride comes before the fall. All you had to do was say thanks for noticing, but even the greatest of teachers make mistakes sometimes. The only perfect teacher was Christ. It is never too late to repent and try again by removing this article.

    • Deborah Brooks profile image

      Deborah Brooks Langford 

      6 years ago from Brownsville,TX

      wow your hubs look good to me.. I know you enjoy being a teacher.. I can tell. I applaud you.. God Bless you




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