I’ve been thinking a lot about judgement lately. Sometimes it feels as if it’s what life boils down to. We judge how well our kids are doing in school, in sports, how social they are or aren’t. How “normal” they are or aren’t. We judge what kind of parents we are, and we judge how well those around us parent too. We judge how well we are doing at our jobs based upon our peers, how successful we are, how successful our friends and family are. From a very young age we are taught to judge; whether people are good or bad, if it’s safe to cross the street. We make judgements every single day of our life. Sometimes those judgements keep us safe, but sometimes they are a means of building ourselves up on the backs, or failures of others. And it’s because we are all guilty of that type of judgement that the word has taken on a negative connotation. The word judgement has become synonymous with condemnation. We can make good “choices”, but we “judge” people.
I think it’s that word that becomes the excuse so many people need to reject God. It’s easier to not believe than it is to believe in a God that will judge or condemn them. What an awful job we have done as his children to share who and what he is. We have all been the victim of someone else’s judgement at some point in our lives, and I for one, have not found it the most enjoyable experience. So then why would I want to join a church, or worship a creator who is going to subject me to those same feelings of judgement and rejection?
It makes me sad that the people who share the biggest truth about Jesus Christ and God are the ones we most easily classify as crazy. They are the people who stand on the street corner or wave signs at football games saying John 3:16. And you all know what I’m talking about. You give them a wide berth if you encounter them, maybe even cross the street. But I think that their message is the most credible, the most powerful, the most truthful. “For God SO LOVED THE WORLD that he gave his only begotten Son, so that whoever believed in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” That message that those “crazy” people are trying to share with you…with the world, is one not of judgement, but of LOVE!
So what’s my point? I guess what I’m trying to say is that we need to stop spreading messages of judgement with our lives…with our faith…and we need to start sharing more messages of truth…more message of love.
Do I believe that God will judge us all according to our actions. Sure, but I’m at a far different place in my walk with God than someone who is just starting out, and everyone’s journey is different. I can’t claim to know God’s will in this world, so I do my very best to let him make those calls, and instead I try to make good “choices”, good “judgements” about the way I treat the people in my life. Sometimes I’m successful, sometimes I’m not. But at the end of they day, God loved me enough to give his only Son, and all I have to do to bask in the glow of his love is believe!!!!!
Meredith. (I feel like this song really speaks to the heart of what I’m trying to say)