“Getting the Speck Out”
In this week’s blog, I want to put myself, as I might say, “on blast.”. Often times when I read certain things on Facebook like “Praise God, God did such and such” and then the next post has the person sitting there with a beer in one hand wearing a T Shirt that has a provocative saying, I have to admit I get a little indignant. Or when I see someone professing Christ come out of an “R” rated movie, I shake my head and say to myself “good example, huh!” I have also said to myself: “How can they say they’re Christians and do that? Don’t they know who they are supposed to represent?” I have been guilty of then going off in my little “holier than thou” huff… feeling quite self righteous: “I would never do that!” Maybe I wouldn’t, but I have sure been guilty of a lot of other things: Since I have been a Christian, I have lied, I have gossiped, I have used words not pleasing to the Lord. I have even gone places, that in retrospect – were far from good choices. And worse than all that, I have been guilty of judging at different times. So why am I writing all this? I am writing this to drive home a point: NONE OF US ARE CALLED TO BE A JUDGE! We are called to do the following:
- We are called to examine our own ways. As it says in Matthew 7:5: “You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.” We are also admonished in Lamentations 3:40 to, “examine our ways and test them, and let us return to the LORD.
- We are called to love. I do not read anywhere in Scripture where we are called to be judge, jury and executioner! 1 John 4:7 is very clear, “Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God.” I Corinthians 13 shows us how to walk this love walk out.
- We are also called to take a stand. Though we are not called to judge anyone, we are still called to take a stand for what is right; for what is Scriptural! I firmly believe that if we knowingly condone sin, even a little… we will let those in our sphere of influence go to Hell a lot! I truly believe that all Christians are called to be watchmen – shining the light of God’s love, and God’s truth for all to see. In Ezekiel 33:6 it is quite clear that if we don’t sound the alarm their blood will be on our hands. That begs me to ask the question: How can I do that and not be judgmental? And that brings me to my last point.
- We are to speak the truth in love – never judging someone’s motivation. We don’t know “why” someone lives this way or that. We don’t know where a person’s walk is with the Lord. We certainly do not know what they are going through. We are to live our lives showing the love of Christ to all, while never calling what is wrong, right! I love what Mother Theresa once said, “Daily preach a sermon – sometimes even use words.” Let our actions speak! We are also to never give up on anyone; and we always need to remember that we, too, are sinners fallen short of the glory of God.
So what brought on this rant? The Lord has dealt with me strongly about how I use my time. I need to study. I need to spend as much time with Him as possible. My guilty pleasure? Instead of doing what I know I should be doing, I spend too much time in front of the one-eyed monster: the TV. I excuse it: “I’m tired, need to veg…” “I have worked hard today…” Then before I know it, I have literally spent hours watching stuff that does not feed my soul! I stay up too late and suffer the next day! Though I may not be watching anything “bad”; if I am not doing what God want’s me to do, it is sin. Scripture is clear: “obedience is better than sacrifice”. There is another scripture that says that if I know what is right and I DON’T do it, that is sin to me! Yes, I have asked the Lord to forgive me and have now set parameters on how much TV I will allow myself, but it got me to thinking: We are ALL God’s Kids under construction! All our sins are as filthy rags. Let us always spur each other onto good works… loving each other… forgiving each other as Christ has forgiven us; and always only speak the truth in Love!