This week has been another trial for me as once again I hurt my back and have been trying to take it easy. Yesterday I tried to be productive and was adamant about leaving the house only to reinjure my back to the point I wasn't able to walk without incurring severe pain. These days where I am frustrated and unable to do what I really want to do lead me to peruse the Internet. I have come across all sorts of things this week. Most of them quite disturbing. There seems to be a lesson that a lot of people have yet to learn so let me drop a knowledge bomb on you. Wait for it....
Christians can have fun. There it is. Oh, and Christians can have a sense of humor. We can enjoy life. And we can live into the business of Christ without judging others.
"God alone, who gave the law, is the Judge. He alone has the power to save or to destroy. So what right do you have to judge your neighbor?" James 4:12
“Do not judge others, and you will not be judged. For you will be treated as you treat others. The standard you use in judging is the standard by which you will be judged. And why worry about a speck in your friend’s eye when you have a log in your own? How can you think of saying to your friend, ‘Let me help you get rid of that speck in your eye,’ when you can’t see past the log in your own eye? Hypocrite! First get rid of the log in your own eye; then you will see well enough to deal with the speck in your friend’s eye." Matthew 7:1-5
How often have you seen this sentiment: "that's the problem with Christians, they're all hypocrites!" or "I could never be a part of a church because everyone who goes is so judgemental."
It's a shame that our own witness is keeping other's from discovering the great joy of living in Christ. It's a terrible shame that our own actions are doing more harm than good. Why is it so hard for us to just love? We can never hope to bring others into a relationship with Christ without first bringing them into a relationship with ourselves. And newsflash people, no one wants to be around someone who is a judgemental hypocrite.
That's my rant for the day. I pray that we can all look into ourselves and become the vessel that God calls us to be.
Blessings my friends!