Persecution, slander, temptation, these are all very real threats to a Christian trying to walk a Christ like path; but what of the other challenge?
I’m talking about the human nature of yourself and of other Christians. One would not normally think that this is a real issue, but it very well is. Christians come in all shapes, sizes, walks of life; and even though they may be trying to live like Christ, they may not walk as you do. They worship different than you do, they pray different than you do, and this triggers the human thought process of judgement.
For a person to say that Christians don’t judge one another is folly and naïve. We’re all guilty of it. If you say you’re not, truly you are lying to yourself.
It is human nature to judge one another. It is human nature to look at a person or their actions and find fault. But don’t feel bad, other Christians are doing the very same thing to you too. It is probably one of the hardest obstacles Christians face and they will face it their entire lives. Fighting the human animalistic behavior.
“Am I now trying to win the approval of human beings, or of God? Or am I trying to please people? If I were still trying to please people, I would not be a servant of Christ.”
We all need to come to the realization, that we should not be judging one another, and we should also realize that we shouldn’t care about how others judge us. We should be seeking the approval of God. Not our fellow Christians.
“Do not judge, or you too will be judged. 2 For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.”
Matthew 7 in the Bible is a reality check! It is something that all Christians should read, or re-read depending on the idiosyncratic scenario. This section of Matthew, is the “parent teaching a valuable lesson” part of the Bible, and most of us act like ill-tempered teenagers and ignore it.
3 “Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye? 4 How can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when all the time there is a plank in your own eye? 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.”
Jesus gave us some of the most amazing advice in this chapter of Matthew, and these lessons are of the utmost dire consequence to Christians. Jesus spelled it all out. Human nature and what to do and what not to do. Go back and read the whole chapter. It will throw you for a loop. It really will!
From Judging one another, true and false prophets, true and false disciples, wise and foolish builders…; Jesus, more than anyone saw the true nature of humanity. The good and the bad. Judging, critiquing, gossip in the pews; these are all sins. Sins that we must struggle with our entire lives as Christians.
“Do not judge, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn, and you will not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven.”