It's natural human instinct to compare and judge. Ever since we all were young in grade school, we have judged or been judged. If someone didn't look a certain way or if someone didn't do the same things you did, they weren't cool enough. Or even situations where you wanted to join a certain group of friends but they didn't accept you because of how you looked. You had to change something about yourself first, then maybe you could join them. It is something we're never really able to control because we are of flesh. I believe there is an issue in the Christian community and church that is being overlooked and consistently pushing people away from God all around us. Instead of showing non-believers the same love and grace Jesus showered all those around him with, we tend to forget it's that same love that saved us.
“Because of the privilege and authority God has given me, I give each of you this warning: Don’t think you are better than you really are. Be honest in your evaluation of yourselves, measuring yourselves by the faith God has given us.”
In Romans 12:3, we see the bible even give us a warning to stay away from this behavior. Don't think you are better than anyone. Just because you have been saved, go to church and know the gospel doesn't mean you measure others by what you have experienced. The world is going to be the world! And even in that, how perfect are we? Far too often believers forget that once, they weren’t always walking in the light. Every season hasn’t been nice and sunny and sometimes it does rain in your life. The same grace that saved you can save the world. Never once in my life, that I have seen, did shame work in saving someone. You can’t shame someone to heaven. That is not genuine love, and that is never what Jesus did while he was on Earth.
The Simple Solution
Be the salt of this earth. People are looking for answers, one way or another they will choose a way to go. Influence is so much a part of our culture today. The bible says in Matthew 5, “You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden,” It can be very easy to help someone instead of putting them down for what they do wrong. Invite as many people as you can to church whenever you get the chance. It is always a chance to show people Jesus if we all just put in the effort.
The same words of judgment we use to put someone down are the same words we can use to build them up. Sometimes God puts you in the path of certain people to show them the way to him. Matthew 5 goes on to say, “In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your father who is in heaven.” You never know who is watching you and hoping you can be an ear to listen. This kingdom of God is all about giving, receiving, and serving. We all should model that for all people to see. When someone is around you, they should be left feeling like they never met anyone like you. That is the true meaning of being a follower of Christ.
It all points back to Jesus
John 8:4 “Teacher,” they said to Jesus, “this woman was caught in the act of adultery. The Law of Moses says to stone her. What do you say? And as they continued to ask him he stood up and said to them, 'Let him who is without sin among you be the first to throw a stone at her.' But when they heard it, they went away one by one, beginning with the older ones, and Jesus was left alone with the woman standing before him.” Then Jesus said to her, “Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?" She said, “No one, Lord.” And Jesus said, “Neither do I condemn you; go, and from now on sin no more.”
Jesus was given an opportunity to show the masses how grace works. The people brought to him a woman caught in sin. They were ready to point out her flaws, shout at her, and kill her. A lot of Christians don’t understand that is how the world looks at us at times. They see us as a people they points out there flaws before getting to know who they really are. We don’t see people’s situations and the reason behind why they are how they are. We don’t see that, many people are so broken and so hurt that they see no other way to live but the life they are living.
They see us as limiting them to life, when actually the life of Jesus is freedom. Nothing Jesus represents is about being chained down. A lot of times we expect so much from people who know no better. In that verse we see Jesus, first protected her then second he corrected her. So in the fall out of her sins, she was shown grace. If we do the same thing in life, how much easier would it be for us not to look upon people with judgment. It all points back to Jesus, love, grace, and the heart for humanity.
Written By Brandon Bobo