Monday, September 5, 2011

Dirty Church Words - Judgement

When we think of judgement in relation to Christianity, most of us think of hellfire and brimstone. But what about the idea that when God judges the world, he will set all things right? Instead of just thinking about the negative side of judgement, what if we thought about the positive side? The side in which God's judgement of something sets in motion the ability for things to be made new and whole?

We are not supposed to 'judge' each other. We can point out actions that might be leading our loved ones astray (sin), in order to set them on a path back towards God (repentance), but it is not our place to condemn another person. Neither is it within our power to change that person and set them on the right path. That is God's job. He might use us in that change, but we are not the ones causing the change.

How would the earthly face of Christianity change if we stopped 'judging' each other? What if we simply loved one another as Jesus loved? It doesn't mean that we condone everything. It doesn't mean that we agree with everyone. But it does mean that we share the grace and forgiveness that has been given to each one of us, with each other.


-For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you. Matthew 7:2

-He has shown all you people what is good. And what does the LORD require of you?
To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly[a] with your God. Micha 6:8