Pointing the Finger

Okay, this is something that has been a huge point of contention in my life, and, considering the recent outbursts from Christians, and other walks of faith or non-faith, regarding homosexuality, the struggles with ISIS, the whole Bruce/Caitlyn Jenner controversy, and the issues with police brutality, this is something that needs to be said.

Just so you know, I am not considering myself perfect in this situation. I am just as bad as anyone else in regards to this, if not worse, but I’ve always believed that we teach best what we need to learn most. I was recently reminded by the Holy Spirit that if we want to learn something, study it and teach it.

So, here it goes.

I’ve said this before, and I might end up saying it again, largely for my own benefit, but also for the benefit of new generations of believers: it is not the job of the Christian, or anyone for that matter, to judge another person in regards to their lifestyle or the choices they make. Not even Jesus Himself judged or judges anyone for their lifestyle and the choices they make. As a matter of fact, that’s only God’s job, and, even then, He will only do it when all is accomplished and we all stand before Him in judgement on that Final Day.

So, where am I getting this from? What proof do I have that it is not our job, that it isn’t anyone’s job, and it wasn’t even Jesus’ job, to judge others?

Well, the biggest thing that I can point us to is when Jesus is speaking to Nicodemus. In John 3, Jesus says, “‘For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the word, but in order that the world might be saved through him…And this is the judgment: the light has come into the world, and people loved the darkness rather than the light because their works were evil.'” (17,19; ESV).

Eugene Peterson puts it like this in his translation of the Scriptures: “‘God din’t go to all the trouble of sending his Son merely to point an accusing finger, telling the world how bad it was. He came to help, to put the world right again.'” (John 3:17; The Message)

Elsewhere, Jesus says, “Don’t pick on people, jumping of their failures, criticizing their faults-unless, of course, you want the same treatment. That critical spirit has a way of boomeranging. It’s easy to see a smudge on your neighbor’s face and be oblivious to the ugly sneer on your own.'” (Mathew 7:1-3; The Message)

You see, we all have our faults. We all have issues and problems and sins and addictions that we struggle with. When we start jumping on other people for their own sins, we start to get self-righteous, and that creates a huge issue in our lives. We need to first look at our own lives and seek out how to fix our own faults before we start jumping on other people for theirs.

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