5.18.2012

When wrong things happen in the public eye...

Why do we think that Christians (mainly leaders) must be perfect and make no mistakes?

Seriously! I've never met a person on earth that never made a mistake and Jesus is the only One who has never sinned so where do we get off making it seem like pastors, evangelists, and other leaders must be perfect? It's stupid.

Very recently a somewhat prominent leader got into an issue. It's a big deal. But I've heard many people saying junk back and forth and I'm just like, seriously?!! We are all basically the Israelites who serve God for a time and then turn away in some shape, fashion, or form and head towards our wants and not His. How would you like it if every time you did something wrong a person came up to you and said, "Hey, you! Yeah, so I heard you did ________ and because of that I think you're an awful person and that whatever you get you deserve because you're a sinner!" NO ONE would like that! Guess who has the right to do that to you and me and yet refrains from doing so? Jesus Christ! We have forsaken Him more times than we probably know and yet He is there with outstretched arms picking us up and encouraging us back to Himself. Shouldn't we do the same with our brothers and sisters?

“Do not judge, so that you won’t be judged. 2 For with the judgment you use, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you. 3 Why do you look at the speck in your brother’s eye but don’t notice the log in your own eye?  4 Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ and look, there’s a log in your eye? 5 Hypocrite! First take the log out of your eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother’s eye." - Matthew 7:1-5

You and me, we'll be judged by how we judge others before a RIGHTEOUS, HOLY God. Ummm I don't know about you but I'd rather keep focused on what He's doing in me and encouraging others towards Him than spending my time focusing on other people's "specks". What about you?

Now, to clarify I am not by any means saying that when you do something wrong you should act as if you didn't. That doesn't work for us once we've been saved and born again. We must then understand that we do things according to GOD's standards and not our own and sometimes that means saying things that make us feel very small (compared to God, we are!), apologizing and asking for forgiveness, letting things go (turning the other cheek), and many other things.

My point is: we are all sinners saved by God's grace! If you think you're perfect, guess again. That might hurt you but its the truth. As my grandma always said, "Sweep around your own doorstep before you start sweeping someone else's." We'd all do better to remember that and love like Christ!! Have a great weekend!

2 comments:

  1. Thats a good word! Our flesh is ALWAYS at war with our spirit! In order to live our lives according to Gods will, as Paul says, we must die to ourselves every DAY! Love your blogs!

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