If you grew up in a Christian home, probability of being a Christian was mostly based on ‘religion’ terms. These being the dos and don’ts of being a Christian, basically a Christian being portrayed as someone who had to be perfect.
For a long time, I thought I had to put my ‘perfect’ gear on, to be called a fully committed Christian. It’s only been recently when I’ve learnt that I DON’T HAVE TO BE PERFECT INORDER TO WALK WITH GOD. As humans we are not perfect and we’ll never be, but what we should strive for, is to have a relationship with him, not try to act all perfect (something we can never achieve).
I’ve come across a number of Christians who judge their fellow brothers and sisters just because they think they know what is right and what is wrong. After being judged, the person will probably think they are not welcome to have a relationship with God and totally detach themselves from him.
Our fellow brothers and sisters are leading people right out of Church. It may not be a direct comment but actions that make others feel unworthy. This blaming ‘Religion’ for becoming something that we have tend to worship, in order to feel we are superior to others.
To notice someone’s wrong doing is not bad, but the action afterwards is what determines if it’s bad or not.“Do not judge, so that you won’t be judged. For with the judgement you use, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you. Why do you look at the speck in your brother’s eye but don’t notice the log in your own eye? Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ and look, there’s log in your eye? 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
Our job is to pray for those people so the light could be revealed to them. JUDGING SOMEONE DRIVES THEM AWAY, PRAYING FOR THEM BRINGS THEM CLOSER TO GOD. One thing I know about God is HE ACCEPTS SOMEONE JUST AS THEY ARE
- This means the person doesn’t have to come to him all ‘perfect’. He wants us to have a relationship with him despite every sin we have ever committed, His Grace looks over all our transgressions and we have to accept that,
God’s love is so perfect that I guess at times we don’t think that’s all possible.“Your faithful love is priceless, God! Humanity finds refuge in the shadow of your wings” – Psalm 36:7
When someone accepts God as their Personal Saviour it does not mean they’ll change overnight.
- This means that if the person hasn’t totally let go of their old ways we are supposed to judge. Our journeys with God are different, some take longer than expected and we should learn to accept that as a Church so we can help each other.
Let’s stop leading our peers from Church and lead them to Church by being welcoming, just as God welcomed you as his child.