I was visiting a church one time. I heard someone that I was sitting with literally say, “Wow, (insert woman’s name here), should have re-thunk that dress. She looks huge.”
Are you kidding me?….
When did we, as Christians, become so self righteous? When did we start fooling ourselves into believing that we are superior to any other human? I say we because I too, am guilty of passing judgment.
It doesn’t end with hateful comments about someone’s appearance inside the church walls. It’s like we are promoting the lie that says, “You have to clean yourself up before you can come to church.” We look down upon “the big sins,” but then we forget the commandment in the bible that says, “love your neighbor as yourself.”
We become comfortable in our little bubble we call church, and sometimes we make anyone outside those church walls feel like just that, outsiders.
I want to point out Galatians 6:1-2, “Brothers and sisters, if someone is caught in a sin, you who live by the Spirit should restore that person gently. But watch yourselves, or you also may be tempted. Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.” (NIV)
Restore that person gently. Carry each other’s burdens.
We need to get uncomfortable. We need to get outside of our bubble, and out of our comfort zones. We are not called to be comfortable. We are called to love, even when it’s hard. Instead of throwing stones let’s build each other up. Let’s all stop trying to increase by seeing others decrease.
Sinners have no right to judge other sinners, only God can do that.
What is it inside of us that makes us feel better about ourselves by pointing out someone else’s sins? Does it make us feel less guilty about our own? We all sin. Don’t make someone feel like an outsider because they sin differently than you.
Those people that we are trying to keep on the outside are the very people we need to be the hands and feet of Jesus to.
I’m not saying that we should condone sin. I’m saying we need to be gentle, and help carry the weight.
Jesus suffered a horrific crucifixion so that EVERY HUMAN could receive forgiveness. Those people that we are so desperate to exlude and forget about, the ones that have those “big sins,” JESUS DIED FOR THEM TOO.
The thing about Jesus is, He offers grace. The thing about grace is, none of us deserve it. Seek out those people that are different from you, and be gentle to them.
Stop judging people and start loving them.