Yesterday, I was listening to our pastor talk about judging others and how it becomes a sticky situation. Are we supposed to judge others are we not supposed to judge others. Do we just let them keep doing something that is not right or do we offer them guidance. All of this led me to think...
In our country of political correctness, being a Christian and standing up for our beliefs has become a little hazy. But why?
Does God operate in the gray? I don’t believe so, I’m pretty sure it is very dark and light, left or right, for Him. In between is someplace liken to dogs going back to their vomit kind of thing.
So, how do we take a stand confidently? How do we love others and direct them on the right path rather than add more confusion to their lives?
We look up.
When we are looking around, we tend to start judging. Are these people measuring up to my standards? Am I measuring up to their standards? This takes God out of the equation and therefore takes love out of the equation.
See, when I have my eyes focused on God who is holy, righteous, and pure, I can’t help but say, “That’s not right.” when sin is present. Does that mean that I approach that person and tell them they are terrible and awful for doing what they are doing? I don’t think so. Does that mean that I stand in front of the mirror and beat myself up. No. Because, would we want God to handle us in such a way?
I don’t know about you but God has clearly shown me at times when I was doing something wrong by shining His light on the situation. It wasn’t a fire and brimstone, you’re getting this wrong kind of thing. It was more like stepping into a shower after working in the hot sun. At first, it doesn’t quite feel right because your body has become use to all the nasty sweat and dirt but after the shower you feel so refreshed.
Being a Christian is not about getting it right all the time, or even getting it right. Man, I’d be so happy if it was because I love checking off a to-do list and getting it done. I love getting the gold star to signify that I’ve accomplished what’s been required. But grace doesn’t work that way.
Grace requires us humbling ourselves in the presence of God who is beyond our understanding. Recognizing that there is no measuring up only praise and servitude for the one who gave it all.
When we submit ourselves to this, we can live our lives under the influence of the Spirit. Through His guidance and direction judgement is replaced with compassion.
Judgement says, “There’s something I don’t like about you. There’s something I think you need to change.”
Compassion says, “You think what you’re experiencing now is living? Oh if you only knew the freedom you’d experience by giving your life fully to Christ. Let me tell you what He’s done in my life.”
Judgement says, “You’re doing it wrong and you need to do it the way I do.”
Compassion says, “God has this new way of living. It’s incredible the freedom you experience when you begin living by the Spirit. Let me tell you how it’s changed me.”
Maybe instead of compromising our belief to make it sounds politically correct or not so harsh we simply need to look up, focus on God, live our lives to please Him, live lives led by the Spirit, and learn to say, “This is who my God is. This is what He’s done for me. This is who He wants to be in your life. You be the judge of whether or not you want that.”
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