“Judge not, that you be not judged. For with what judgment you judge, you will be judged; and with the measure you use, it will be measured back to you. And why do you look at the speck in your brother’s eye, but do not consider the plank in your own eye? Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Let me remove the speck from your eye’; and look, a plank is in your own eye? Hypocrite! First remove the plank from your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the the speck from your brother’s eye.” ~Matt 7:1-Matt 7:5 NKJV
We, as man, are so quick to arrive at a judgement concerning something we are in the process of doing, but others shouldn’t do. Perhaps it is a secret sin, or even something we are oblivious that we do; however, we are sensitive enough to know that it should not be done. Unfortunately, when we become Christians, we tend to believe that we are automatically righteous and clean…but guess what, we are neither!
We become righteous by the actions we display when others are, or are not, around to see, by living the life of the Christ in our daily lives. We become clean by changing our habits, speech, thoughts, etc. And guess what…it takes a lot of work. Every time we fall off the bandwagon of righteousness, we must seek forgiveness and begin anew. Again and again until our dying breath.
We all have our stumbling block, so-to-speak, which we try as we may and it continually shows up at the most inopportune moments in our lives where we have another mistake/sin/terrible act which causes us to fall from God’s good graces. No matter who you are you have them, and if you are oblivious to them…you will become acquainted with them soon enough! Trust me!
We all have a judgmental streak, believe it or not, accept it or not…it is true! Jesus pronounced judgement based upon the word of God. He judged no one, but did judge their sin…in so doing, those who were sinful saw the error of their ways. Consider the adulterous woman and her accusers and others alike her. Then consider the ways of the Pharisees & the Scribes who sought to imprison and kill Jesus. Even though, this plan was to fulfill God word, the Temple leadership were made aware of the wrongfulness of their actions as there were voices of reason within but they refused to hear as God hardened their hearts.
By seeking forgiveness, God will help you back on to the straight and narrow, but you have much work to do in order to learn. And this includes the judgement of your fellow man. Even with all these cases with respect to homosexual couples attempting to force Christian businesses to make a cake for them and their special day. Your right to get married under the law does not trump my God given, or natural, rights. Though, they disagreed with their marriage of same sex couples as it (homosexuality) is denounced in the bible and thus is held to be sinful; therefore, non-participation. But instead, Christians are being denounced as “haters” and full of “hate speech”. Why is it hate to believe something is morally wrong? Why is it wrong to exercise your God given right of belief & self expression? So Paul reminds us:
“Therefore God also gave them up to uncleanness, in the lusts of their hearts, to dishonor their bodies among themselves, who exchanged the truth of God for the lie, and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever. Amen. For this reason God gave them up to vile passions. For even their women exchanged the natural use for what is against nature.” ~Romans 1:24-26
Considering the fact that the primary purpose of sex is to procreate, sex with a same sex partner cannot create human life.
“Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak out and remove all doubt.” ~unknown
James told us that no matter the sin we commit, we are equal in God’s eye (ref: James 2:10). We are the masters of our mind’s focus, what we feed out mind and heart, will be what is regurgitated and sent out to others. Saying things in love or hate, all is centered from your heart and mind! Feed your soul wisely and be the Christ that others need to see, as we have been chosen as a royal priesthood (1 Peter 2:9) and have also been charged with “…making disciples of all nations…teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you…” (Matt 28:19-20)
We as Christians are to share the love of the Christ with all, no matter how they may treat us.
May God Richly Bless You All!
MK Murphy, PhD, DD