The problem with being judgemental.
“5 But because of your stubbornness and your unrepentant heart, you are storing up wrath against yourself for the day of God’s wrath, when his righteous judgment will be revealed. 6 God ‘will repay each person according to what they have done.'”
Out of context, this scripture looks right a perfect reason to wag the evangelical finger in someone’s face in what would appear to be God sanctioned preaching to the unrepentant soul. The problem is that the previous verses have this verse pointing at us Christians first, and that changes the game for those who follow Christ.
Paraphrasing the first verse: We, as followers of Christ, have no excuse because we do the same things in our heart (if not in deed) that we wag our finger at others for. Do you think that God doesn’t notice that?
Everyone makes judgements all the time, so being judgemental is a part of life. Is it safe to cross the street? Dang, nice car! That’s freaking beautiful! Good job. That’s wrong. It’s how the person defines right or wrong. It’s how God defines right and wrong. All judgements. We judge therefore we are judgemental.
To me it seems that the world view we make the judgements from is critically important. Do we make them from self or from God? If we make judgements from self like the world does (because they don’t know Christ), then we are condemning ourselves like the world is condemning itself. If we make judgements as Christians, we must do so as He came to us, using the same gifts he gave us – love, forgiveness, grace, service, love, love, and love. From yesterday’s blog – to whom much has been given, much more will be demanded. The expectations are set high for followers of Christ.
We judge therefore we are judgemental. Are you judging out of the love Christ has for us or not? From the gift He’s given us or not? It’s a narrow path and there will be many who say “Lord, Lord, let me in”, to which he’ll reply “hmmmm, don’t think I know you” (or some such). The stakes are high. Take a good look at yourself and see who you’re really aligned with – self or Christ.
The litmus test is this: Does this look like Christ?
Take time to align your will with His will, seek, pray and walk with Him, allow the Holy Spirit to change your heart. Study, submission and practice will definitely improve your test scores.
It’s a glorious day! Joy and peace to you!