Christian Posers: The Big Bad J
There is one Lawgiver, Who is able to save and to destroy. Who are you to judge another?
James 4:12 (NKJV)
Or how can you say to your brother, 'Let me remove the speck from your eye'; and look, a plank is in your own eye?
Matthew 7:4 (NKJV)
Judge not, and you shall not be judged. Condemn not, and you shall not be condemned.
Luke 6:37 (NKJV)
Who are you to judge the servant of another? To his own master he stands or falls; and he will stand, for the Lord is able to make him stand.
Romans 14:4 (NKJV)
So when they continued asking Him, He raised Himself up and said to them, 'He who is without sin among you, let him throw a stone at her first.'
John 8:7 (NKJV)
Undeniably, the biggest problem with Christians (in the eyes of those who aren't)... is the J that doesn't stand for Jesus, justice, joyful or anything helpful.
Among religious people (even saints), the Big Bad J is a well-known trademark. It stems from pride and wreaks of damnation. It pumps up the super-religious. It's a self-designated position: one that doesn't travel down from above. (If anything, up comes up from below.)
The 'J' that outsiders associate with churches is JUDGMENT: Big Bad Judgment. They fear sanctuaries as judgment halls and congregations as hanging juries. Why? Because they've felt condemnatory words hurling from the mouths of spiteful zealots.
Poor people and strangers don't feel welcome. Neither do the lost or 'unattractive'. Prodigals and sinners fly by and laugh.
More harm has been done to the cause of Christ by self-proclaimed Christians (are they posers?)... than all of the atheists, agnostics, and other religions put together.
'And why do you call me 'Lord, Lord,' and do not the things which I say?' (Luke 6:45).
## Christian Posers: The Big Bad J (Part 2)
NOTE: This is a 2021 update of a 2011 Carey Lewis Devotion. You may see notes to 'Actors, Models & Talent for Christ.' If you think you're not in show business, think again. Shakespeare said, 'All the world's a stage and all its men and women merely players. Mostly true. But you're not merely players. You are messengers and ambassadors for the King of kings.
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Christian Posers series.