I wrote this back in October of 2012 but I believe it still applies today.
I have many pet peeves but one in particular that is on my mind, the judgment of God’s children. I don’t know whether to be disheartened, angry or sad at the way that those that call themselves Christians treat those that don’t serve God or even other Christians.
For the record, no, there has not been anything that has happened to me in the recent past that has caused this aggravation. I have, however, witnessed the poor treatment of others and it makes me angry because that is not at all how God intended us to act toward one another. Several scriptures come to mind when I meditate on this and there are a few I would like to share. I am not trying to attack anyone or to make you feel guilty but if you are someone who does this, I would like to think that I have made you think and in thinking maybe it will change your actions.
In Romans 2:4 it says, “Or do you think lightly of the riches of His kindness and tolerance and patience, not knowing that the kindness of God leads you to repentance?” We as Christians need to be aware that it is the love of God that leads men to repentance.
You will never change a person by beating them over the head with scripture. Not only that, but those that do this are usually the ones that are not living a life style that would indicate that they themselves are Christians. How dare we think more highly of ourselves than we ought. Were we not all sinners and are yet still sinners saved by grace? God did not save us so that we could so quickly pass judgment on others and push them further away from Him. If we have been forgiven much then we should be showing the grace, love and compassion that was shown us that brought us Christ.
Too many times I have seen fellow “Christians” that try to press so hard on others to get them saved and to go to church. Yet, the person that they are witnessing to is standing there thinking, “Man, I know you and the way you live and how you act, so why would I want to be like you.” It is very disheartening to know that there are so many people out there that God wants to reach but because of the actions of some of those that call themselves Christians, these people have run further away from God. It’s time for people to stop going by the name of Christian and start acting the one who called us. His name is Jesus and he came and died for our sins. He came to draw all men to himself and if we do not get out of the way and allow God to use us the way He intended, then we will continue to only cause harm. Too many times we run after people as soon as we see someone that needs God but instead of praying to find out if God has prepared the ground and the person is ready to receive, we just charge in on our white horse and do more damage than good.
STOP, pray, and let God lead the way. Start working on the plank that’s in your own eye, that God’s been slowly chipping away at, before running to remove the speck of dust out of another person’s eye. Believe me, with all the things that we all have been delivered from, we should have plenty of time on our hands. So much time in fact, that we shouldn’t have time to run to other people and try to correct their shortcomings. If anything we should be the person that people turn to when they need an ear that will listen, a shoulder to cry on, a heart that will love them and a mouth that will pray with them. It’s time for us to be the men and women of God that he has called us to be and to stop focusing on each other’s problems just so we can forget what is wrong with us. In John 5:22 it says, “”For not even the Father judges anyone, but He has given all judgment to the Son”. I think we should let Jesus take care of the judgment and we should focus on loving one another and being the type of people that others can turn to. God knows what he is doing; let’s trust that He knows when everyone’s appointed time is to come to Him. If we will listen, He will guide us and the victory of that moment will be that much sweeter.