Something I have quickly began to learn in my most recent years of life is how judgmental people can be, especially Christians. Which, should it not be the opposite? It is like we feel entitled to judge those around us for the things they are doing, that we do not agree with, and we think that we have a right? What is that? We think we get to decide who is going to make it into heaven and who is not? It is like we are placing the people we encounter, on a platform and deciding whether or not they are worthy enough to call themselves a Christian. We try to make it their judgement day, before God decides it is their actual judgement day. What is wrong with us?
We serve and uncondemning God, so why do we condemn?
Matthew 7:5 – “Why do you see the speck that is in your brother’s eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye?”
This blog is going to be short, sweet, and to the point, because there is no need to carry on the subject, it just desperately needs fixed. I am about to be brutally honest.
In the (similar) words of my amazing pastor, Jeremy Johnson, we have a plank in our eyes, along with those around us, but we do not seem to notice ours, but we like to point out everyone else’s. But, Jesus carried our planks on his back with us in his eyes. We shouldn’t hate the sinner and hate the sin, nor should we love the sinner and hate the sin, we should love the sinner and hate our own sin. THAT WILL PREACH FOREVER!
Jesus chose to show mercy to the worst of sinners, and yet as Christians, while we are to be striving to be more like Him, continue to shun the sinners around us. What is that?? It irks me so much!! It is so frustrating for me to come to the realization that sinners are looking for someone or something to capture them, to love them, and instead of doing that, we are bashing their behaviors and choosing their futures. Jesus chose to look at the worst of these, and love and extend grace, and to not cast a stone when a stone was meant to be thrown. In John 8, there is a passage that pointed out a woman in the wrong-doing, and the Pharisees brought her to Jesus and said, by law, she should be stoned. Jesus responded by saying, “Let any one of you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her.” The people surrounding the woman and Jesus began to trickle down until no one was left. No one was without sin, no one is without sin, but yet we seem to think we can point out everyone else’s around us?
It is laughable to me that sometimes we legitimately believe that our sin is less than others around us. I am not saying that I have never been guilty of this, but as I said before, I have realized in the last few years how wrong it is, and I truly do anything in my power to stop myself from casting stones, and to also speak up when those around me are.
Our world is so lost, and judging them isn’t going to save them, we are going to lose them.
I just want people to understand how powerful our thoughts are, we should not even think some of the things we do about those around us. We should be so in tune with God that we do not even notice flaws of those around us, but we recognize our own, and we love Jesus so much that all we know how to do is extend grace. When I look back at my life, I see time and time and time and time again the grace that God has extended me, and I also see the time and time and time and time again that I failed to extend it grace out. These things do not match up. Maybe I did not get the memo, but since when is it our responsibility to decide who is a Christian and who is not? We do not know their personal encounters with God, and man am I glad I am not God. Let’s all strive to be better than that. Jesus seeks out the lost, shows grace to the lost, and loves the lost unconditionally. Let us. Let’s allow those around us to find their identity in God, while we do the same for ourselves, let us not place an identity on them.
I am honestly happy and proud to say that I now strive everyday to show grace and love to anyone that I come in contact with.
Our world is lost because we are not fulfilling our calling like we are called to do. I am not saying it is going to be perfect, but we should be looking for change in ourselves, so we then have the ability to change the world. If we do not change ourselves, there is no changing the world in our future.
Change is needed, and it needs to start now.
Readers, know that you are loved at all cost, by God. Judgement free.
“You Say” – Lauren Daigle
Every single lie that tells me I will never measure up
Am I more than just the sum of every high and every low?
Remind me once again just who I am, because I need to know
You say I am strong, when I think I am weak
You say I am held, when I am falling short
When I don’t belong, You say that I am Yours
And I believe what You say of me
In You I find my worth, in You I find my identity
You say I am strong when I think I am weak
And You say I am held when I am falling short
When I don’t belong, oh You say that I am Yours
And I believe, oh I believe
What You say of me
Oh, I believe
You have every failure God, and You’ll have every victory