What's the dealio?I can't log into Facebook without someone telling me that my GMO grapefruit is going to cause me to sprout an eyeball in the back of my head. I am as worried about the quality of my food as the next person, but lately, it seems like grace has flown straight out the window!
What happened to speaking Truth in love to one another?Especially within the Body of Christ? Even about things like grapefruit. Even if we don’t agree with everything someone says or does. Or like what clothes they wear to church. Or support the missions and causes they believe in. Or agree with their stance on vaccinations. Or whether they, heaven forbid, choose to send their kids to public school. Or let their family eat processed foods. Or vote for a candidate we don't agree with.
Why do we have to be so condescending to people that hold different viewpoints? Whatever happened to grace? I'm guilty of this too, no one is perfect, it's sadly part of our human sin nature.
Stop being so judgmental. Let God do His job.Let's think about it this way, to all the nonbelievers watching, reading and listening to our every move, it's no wonder many of them don't want to follow Christ. When they see us tearing each other apart, even in the little things, are we showing them what it means to follow Jesus?
I'm pretty sure God would like us to eat a piece of fruit over a pound of processed sugar, it's common sense that one is better than the other. But really, if you choose the less healthy choice on occasion, I don't think your soul will suffer, even if your waistline does.
It’s not Biblical to rip apart or gossip about whatever group of people, cause or thing of the moment irks you. Or comment on the clothes someone is wearing to church. Or the type of car someone drives. It's not okay to air people's dirty laundry through the guise of a "prayer request." Seriously, I am guilty of this too, no one is perfect...that's why we need Jesus. But we still need to take stock in our words, and actions, and how they can impact others in their faith journey.
And while I'm on my soapbox...Let me point out that even in the theological realm, it's not very nice to tell someone who believes in free will that they are ignorant and missing the boat on election. Or on the flip side, because they believe in election, they can't possibly understand God's grace.
As my grandma would always say, "Go place nice in the sandbox with others." Or in other words, "if you can't say anything nice, don't say anything at all." I really think she was on to something.
Even when we speak to others on issues of great theological importance and epic soul consequence, we can still remember to speak Biblical truth in a loving manner. As we spread God's word to the most remote corners of the universe and the darkest depths of one's soul, we must remember to stop putting others down and shaming them for their sins. That's not our job. There is only one Judge.
Through the Cross, there is great redemption, everlasting love, abundant hope, immeasurable mercy & overflowing grace. Without the Cross, there is only God's wrath and the deepest pits of darkness.
God says that we must love one another as Christ loves the church. (John 13:34-35) And that we must speak the truth in love. (Ephesians 4:15) We are even told that how we judge others, we will one day be judged in the same manner. (Matthew 7:1) OUCH. I'm in big trouble! How about you? That's a pretty tall order from the Man In Charge.
All I can say is thank God for His grace, and new mercies that greet us every morning.
Your Daily Grace Challenge
- Are you living up to His standards? Even on the little things?
- What areas do you find you most often judge others? Is it food, lifestyle, clothing, attitude, etc.
- Psychologists say, just in case you are interested, that the areas we most judge other people are the areas in our own character that we seem to struggle the most with. What do you think about THAT? Does that put some of your own "issues" into a little more perspective?
- What is ONE THING you can do TODAY to help UNDO some of the judgement you have heaped onto a loved one? Maybe send a sweet little card in the mail and let that person know that you are praying for them. Or simply learn how to practice the fine art of apologizing to those you love and judge most often.