Hey guys! I’ve been gone for so long… I know. I feel horrible about it, really. But I’m back now. You won’t get rid of me that easy 😉 haha
Anyway, a lot has happened while I’ve been away from the blogosphere. But what I really want to address now is kind of a touchy subject. It’s one that I’ve been dealing with a lot recently and I kinda wanted to just jump on here and vent about it and hope that maybe some of y’all can relate.
Have you ever been subjected to criticism and judgment, not by “enemies”, or anyone who’s not Christian, but by believers? By those who should love, accept, support, and encourage you? I certainly have, and it’s made me question certain things. Things that, as Christians, we are supposed to not only believe in but practice. Because really belief without practice is hypocrisy.
I mean how can we judge others? I don’t mean that as a how to, I mean it as in how dare we judge them. Aren’t we supposed to encourage each other? There are enough people in the world who are wanting to tear us down, but fellow Christians should strive to uplift and encourage one another.
The Bible says to let those who are without sin cast the first stone. (John 8:7)
But I meet a lot of fellow sinners casting stones at each other. They’re not just judging non-Christians, they’re judging fellow believers. You know the type.
I’ll be the first to admit that I make mistakes, I sin, I stumble and fall. But how can I judge my fellow brothers and sisters in Christ knowing how imperfect I am?
The Bible says, “Judge not, that you be not judged. For with the judgment you pronounce you will be judged, and with the measure you use it will be measured to you. Why do you see the speck that is in your brother’s eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye?….You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother’s eye.” (Matthew 7:1-3,5)
Judgment is reserved for God alone. We have no right to judge others unless we are perfect ourselves, and believe me… we’re not. I’m not. I’m far from perfect.
It does no good to judge my neighbor. We’re supposed to be set apart from others with the way that we treat one another. We’re supposed to love each other, and forgive, and have mercy with each other. But if I’m honest, I see those qualities more in my non-Christian friends than in my Christian ones. And don’t get me wrong, I love my non-Christian friends dearly, I’m not dissing them with this post.
But what does that say about us?!
I think that all of us are much too eager to judge others than to love them. But Jesus didn’t do that! He loved everyone, even those who crucified Him. If we are going to call ourselves followers of Him, we need to act like it. And not just act like it, but really truly live it every day.
I’m tired of all the judgment from fellow Christians, people trying to judge my walk with God, or anything else in my life. Why don’t we just love each other? Pray for each other and encourage each other? There’s already enough negativity in the world. Let’s not add to it. Why can’t we all just get along?