We are the condemners…
Hello, wonderful people! Today’s subject is going to be a little bit, how do I put it, hard. It will be hard for me as well, but I feel like I need to share this. It might sound like I am trying to be the accuser. When in all seriousness, I would have to be accusing myself as well. I am just trying to bring a subject to light that needs to be heard. When you label yourself as a Christian, there is a stereotype that comes with it. This typically is that we are loving and accepting of people and never to judge others.
As Christians, we really are supposed to live like Jesus, but often enough, I see that we decide it is okay to raise ourselves on a pedestal. We are right and everyone else is wrong. It is okay to ignore them and put down their beliefs because they are wrong, right? Well think again, but the thing is that, yes, we do it.
Now you may be thinking WHAT?!…
I told you that this would not be an easy conversation. Also, I am not trying to condemn any Christian or everyone for that matter. I have already accepted the fact that everything I write is not going to make every person happy. This is something that needs to be said though. My goal in this is to bring something into the light so that we can all work on it together.
I will be the first to admit that I am not always the most accepting, and I have done a fair share of my own judging of other people just because they do not believe something that I do. I can get extremely or sometimes jump to the conclusions that they are wrong to believe what they do. This is something that is really hard for me, but I have been working hard to get better at not condemning. When I catch myself doing it, I have to stop, rethink what I am doing, and I pray for some help.
Following an example…
When we start following the motions, more judgment and condemnation comes in. We can not be like the Pharisees. They all sounded like awful people, well, because they were. They were considered the “holy leaders”, but everyone under them was considered insignificant. Whereas you look at the Apostle Paul, and he was the leader who was following Jesus’ example. Jesus was a servant leader. He never judged anyone because of the way they looked, the social class they came from, or even by the things they did.
John 3:17 (NIV) “For God did not send his son into the world to condemn the world but to save the world through him.”
God sent his son to be the Savior for everyone.
1 John 2:6 (NIV) “Whoever claims to live in him must live as Jesus did.”
If you claim to truly believe in Christ, then you must live like him. Jesus was a willing servant to everyone. He put others before himself. Jesus was not a condemner. He accepted others and did not have a bias against them.
I am challenging you and myself this week to be more aware of when we condemn. No one is perfect at this. Everyone can always improve. For some people, this is a lot easier. I will admit, it isn’t for me. I struggle with this. Just remember to check yourself and pray for the help you need.
Let’s rethink this together,