We’re all guilty of it. We’ve all taken on the role of God some time in our lives and judged someone on things we’ve heard without really knowing all the facts.
We have our own prefabbed ideas of the way things should be based on someone else’s successes, and we integrate them into our own lives and become bias because we want them to be our successes, too. We follow someone else’s teaching but don’t totally discern how closely this person follows the Bible, but they are proclaiming the blessings of Christ and doing well, so we follow them. But are they right in God’s eyes or simply right in our eyes of desire?
When someone speaks against them, do we get our backs up and defend them, argue the point at issue or act distastefully? Or do we analyze what is being said against the benchmark that we should be living our lives by – and that is the truth, the Bible?
As Christians following other Christians, we can be easily caught up in judging other people who don’t follow our chosen leader. We can become so right in our own eyes that we actually bypass the truth and begin turning into the person we’re following. We lose the insight of Jesus and that personal relationship we had with Him.
And that’s when we have division among Christians. And that’s when we begin judging each other and the integrity of each other’s Christianity. We need to focus on God’s Word, let the Holy Spirit teach us and then be followers of Jesus, not of men.
We need to see Jesus in the people we associate with and teach Jesus to those we meet along the way. We need to run from judging others and see only Christ in them. And when we do that, we become one with Jesus and one with each other, and when we are one body with one head, that’s when we will impact the world!
“For I determined not to know anything among you, save Jesus Christ and him crucified.”…1 Cor.2:2
2 thoughts on “Guilty as judged”
A very thoughtful reminder of Truth. I used to catch myself worrying about the Christians who aren’t “behaving” like Christians, and even complained to one of my dearest friends that, “. . . not all Christians are good people.” His steady eye pulled me in with, “And now that you know that , you can move on.” Such good advice. Move on, not to judge, not to keep track, but to keep my mind on Christ and move onward.
It is refreshing to wake up to find this blog entry today.
Praise God……”this is the day the Lord has made!”
And it’s really amazing to learn that the less we focus on what other Christians are doing, the more we are able to focus on God.