The Irony of Judgment

 

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I think we all know which church the kid in the picture is from. What a sad, sad church it is. But unfortunately, I’ve heard very similar theology among friends and people I hang out with.

I’m a part of Hydrolove here in Milledgeville. For those of you don’t know, Hydrolove is a year-old ministry in which believers hand water bottles out to people downtown who are out partying Thursday nights, and we otherwise help them, love on them and give them the gospel. Fortunately, a majority of them are receptive and thankful for what we do.

But some of them say that they think Christians are extremely judgmental. And to be honest, they have good reason to. I’ve talked to people who have been called heathens in parking lots for buying condoms, people who were called spawn of Satan while partying downtown, people who were given exorcisms when they weren’t even possessed just because they were caught sinning once by their church, the list goes on and on. Look up at the kid with the signs again. He probably doesn’t even understand the severe irony behind what he’s doing. Allow me to explain to all of you how ironic it is for us, as Christians, to hate people and judge them for sinning.

Most of the time, when Christians are hating on others, whether it be non-believers or people who professed their faith years ago and have stuck to it, it’s because that person committed some “major sin.” Something like a person came out of the closet or committed adultery or something like that. You know, all the sins that people think are the worst things a person can do. Perhaps these people should read James Chapter 2 Verses 10-13. This clearly explains that none of these things are the worst thing a person can do.

You know what the worst thing a person can do is? Not following the greatest commandment the Lord ever gave.  “And one of them, a lawyer, asked him a question to test him.  ‘Teacher, which is the great commandment in the Law?’  And he said to him, ‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.  This is the great and first commandment.  And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself.  On these two commandments depend all the Law and the Prophets.’ (Matthew 22:35-39)

Wow. So basically, a lack of love is the worst sin any one man can commit. Crazy, huh? Crazy how not loving people is considered a bigger deal than murder or homosexuality or adultery. In fact, Jesus said the entire law depends on loving God and loving people. In other words, if you don’t love, your entire perspective of the law is completely irrelevant. You, who condemns another for committing a horrible sin, are committing the most horrible of all the sins. Just think about that, those of you who condemn others. I love you, I really do, but your hatefulness is causing people to drift away from the very God we’re supposed to be leading them to!

A lot of these same people claim that by telling sinners that God hates them, they are loving them and warning them of what is to come. Yeah, no. 1 John 3:18. “Little children, let us not love in word or talk but in deed and in truth.” The way we show our love is far more important than what we say. If we’re telling people we love them, but they don’t feel it, they won’t believe it. So show people love. Don’t just say it and then put them down in gigantic ways. Because, in the end, you’re the one breaking the largest of God’s commandments. Just something to think about. Tillman out.

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