I've been 'fascinated' by observing some people's behavior recently...
(or maybe a better word would be 'disturbed'.)
Ok...disgusted. (there, I said it.)
My friend Teri Diamond, Owner of Laverne & Co. does creative engraving, and recently posted this:
So in other words, you who are 'perfect'.
And yet 'The One' (who is the only sinless, perfect one), simply said..."Go and sin no more."
Didn't rub her nose in it.
Didn't make her do a host of Hail Mary's.
Showed mercy and grace in the midst of her shame.
That's what makes Christ so attractive.
He is the Only One who would have every right to condemn, yet chose to give her an opportunity of a 2nd chance.
Yet 'mere humans' are so quick to instill judgment. (Despite their own questionable resumes.)
Although I do believe the typical believer throws around the phrase, "Judge not lest ye be judged." a little too cavalierly...there are times that it is appropriate to judge as in the case of 1 Corinthians 5.
The man was involved in sexual immorality with his Step Mother, and the church was standing by doing nothing. They were puffed up and rather proud, as if wearing a badge stating, "It's none of my business." Paul states that it is not our job to judge unbelievers, yet our responsibility to judge those within the church who call themselves believers.
There are also a few qualifications required:
Galatians 6:1 "Brothers and sisters, if any person is overtaken in misconduct or sin of any sort, you who are spiritual (who are responsive to and controlled by the Spirit) should set him right and restore reinstate him, without any sense of superiority and with all gentleness..."
I've never seen a stone thrower with a spiritual, restorative, gentle bone in their body.
I'm ultimately saddened when I see my fellow brothers and sisters in Christ who are struggling... being treated like enemies. The church should be a place for the sick, not to shoot the already wounded.
I am scared for those who mistreat others in this way.
I stumbled across this verse today: Psalms 35:26 "May those who rejoice at my troubles be humiliated and disgraced. May those who triumph over me be covered with shame and dishonor."
Listen, I am the first one to say 'I have not arrived.' Hardly!!
But my continual aim is to have the eyes and ears of Christ, and to treat others the way that He would.
We should all be challenged to think, "Hmmm, tomorrow I could be the one who falls flat on my face...how would I like to be treated?"
Be thankful that Christ came to seek and save the lost,
the flaw filled,
I sure am :)