Monthly Archives: April 2011

Christian Standards: Judge Others, Then Myself

Most of you know I like to discuss LOVE of Christians which appears to be a vast contrast from where Christianity is today. One of the things that enhanced this is the terms and ideologies we have created to judge one another. Some examples are a term like “secular”, going to “church”, Saturday Worshipers vs Sunday Worshipers vs Everyday Worshipers,  and there are so many others. Well, the point is we created these things to validate ourselves as Christians to become in a sense better than others. I speak about this as one who use to practice these ways. I was one of those Christians that judged others based on the music they listened to, if they went to a church building and so many other things. I mean it’s what I was taught so one could only predict that those manifestations of the judgmental would happen. Then when I learned about how the church went into a different direction from the word of God I began judging people based on that. Now I want those who are familiar with using the term “Only God can Judge me” to realize I’m not conveying that neither. Anyone who has to say that missed the point as well. What I’m talking about is those who often see judge based on our ideologies and beliefs that Jesus never gave us. Usually we think Jesus is okay with those beliefs because they often touch on something he said, but we all know what happens when we use HUMAN WISDOM to attempt to explain God. 1 Cor 2:13 13 This is what we speak, not in words taught us by human wisdom but in words taught by the Spirit, explaining spiritual realities with Spirit-taught words. When we do try you can bet that we will go outside of the word of God with what we belief. 1 Cor 4:6 Now, brothers, I have applied these things to myself and Apollos for your benefit, so that you may learn from us the meaning of the saying, “Do not go beyond what is written.” Then you will not take pride in one man over against another. God never said if you listen to this phenomenon called “secular music” you would be in danger of an unfavorable judgement, God never said if you don’t go to a church building you would be in danger of an unfavorable judgement.

Let us get an understanding of how we are judge to judge with the word of God. First lets look at a few scriptures to see what Jesus has to say about this judging matter.

John 8: 1 but Jesus went to the Mount of Olives.

2 At dawn he appeared again in the temple courts, where all the people gathered around him, and he sat down to teach them. 3 The teachers of the law and the Pharisees brought in a woman caught in adultery. They made her stand before the group 4 and said to Jesus, “Teacher, this woman was caught in the act of adultery. 5 In the Law Moses commanded us to stone such women. Now what do you say?” 6 They were using this question as a trap, in order to have a basis for accusing him.

But Jesus bent down and started to write on the ground with his finger. 7 When they kept on questioning him, he straightened up and said to them, “Let any one of you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her.” 8 Again he stooped down and wrote on the ground.

9 At this, those who heard began to go away one at a time, the older ones first, until only Jesus was left, with the woman still standing there. 10 Jesus straightened up and asked her, “Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?”

11 “No one, sir,” she said.

“Then neither do I condemn you,” Jesus declared. “Go now and leave your life of sin.”

Most people know this passage and usually use it to condemn others for judging them. It really is the same thing. Here is another scripture that makes it even more clear what Jesus was trying to say to those people. Romans 2:1 You, therefore, have no excuse, you who pass judgment on someone else, for at whatever point you judge the other, you are condemning yourself, because you who pass judgment do the same things. Let me say that again, AT WHATEVER POINT OR SITUATION YOU JUDGE THE OTHER, YOU ARE CONDEMNING YOURSELF…. WHY? BECAUSE yOU WHO PASS JUDGEMENT DO THE SAME THING. That is the point guys, we are guilty of the same thing. See we like to divide certain sins into categories of what is worse and what is excusable to us humans. To God sin is sin, so whether you deal with lying or murder, you are guilty of the SAME THING… SIN. I know our human wisdom does not understand how lying and murder could equate being guilty of the same thing but when you look at it from God’s point it makes sense why it doesn’t make sense to us. 1 Cor 3:19 For the wisdom of this world is foolishness in God’s sight. As it is written: “He catches the wise in their craftiness”… The point that is being made is that we need to judge ourselves when we see sin now. That is what happened to me, I use to judge people on things and years later I find the SAME THING that I judged them for was and is inside of me. Again, I don’t want those who read this to think it is okay to use the phrase “ONLY GOD CAN JUDGE ME” because honestly you should be judging the sin inside yourself even MORE harshly than others. I don’t mean condemning yourself,  I mean the realization that you have sin which leads to the realization that you need to be cleanse from sin.

So those who are keen on judging based on  the bias models we are being trained to judge, I share this with you. 1 Corinthians 4:5 Therefore judge nothing before the appointed time; wait till the Lord comes. He will bring to light what is hidden in darkness and will expose the motives of men’s hearts. At that time each will receive his praise from God. Stop judging people because they listen to music you don’t feel comfortable with. I’ve even met people who feel Christian Rock is a reason to judge people because they feel it came from sinful music. This again is a way to make ourselves higher than others. In all honesty the example we were taught was to become least than others. Luke 9:48 Then he said to them, “Whoever welcomes this little child in my name welcomes me; and whoever welcomes me welcomes the one who sent me. For he who is least among you all–he is the greatest.” What we did was create a way to become the greatest in the eyes of other men. If I tell someone I go to a church building every Sunday and never listen to anything but gospel music then in their eyes I become what is known as an exemplary Christian. Yes there are things a follower of Christ should not be partaking in and it is absolutely okay to mention it to a brother or sister but make sure your intentions is out of love. Understand that everyone feels what they do is out of love so before you approach a person with something like that, please think about your words and pray about it. Having brothers and sisters in the body that will help you with this walk is one of the most beautiful things about this walk, so please don’t feel that a person shouldn’t even come to you about things. There is just a different in the intentions. Like the pharisees felt they were doing the right thing to judge that women for adultery but Jesus gave them the outlook of looking at themselves.  Usually when I find myself in a situation where I need to speak with someone about something like this, I make sure they understand that I am guilty of the same thing.

I hope this will help members of the body who read this develop that love that we need as believers. Let us get rid of these traditions that we have developed over the years that cause us to do the complete opposite of what Jesus asked us to do. Mark 7:13 Thus you nullify the word of God by your tradition that you have handed down. And you do many things like that.”

Praise Jesus

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