Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy.
For judgment is without mercy to the one who has shown no mercy. Mercy triumphs over judgment.
Whether a believer sins grievously (like David when he murdered Uriah, the adulteress caught in her misdeed, or Paul who was persecuting Christians)...
Whether an outsider does things we hate (like teaching evolution in our schools, showcasing blatant immorality, or furthering the laws on abortion)...
Christians are supposed to act in mercy, because God has been merciful to us. When we start to see ourselves as righteous ('There is no one righteous, not even one' *), then we lift ourselves to become judges: denouncing sinners and giving verdicts.
With the decadence of entertainment and the bad behaviors among its stars, judging others comes all too easily.**
Actors, models and talent for Christ: I've spent my last ten years among you, and I believe you are merciful. You've seen the mean judgments of Christians who whisper or holler in disdain.
Like John the Baptist did the first time, when he cleared and straightened the Lord's paths, *** you do for Jesus in real time now. Back then, most of the Jewish leaders had strayed and became bad examples. Therefore, God's ways were misunderstood. John came to redefine God's values, and his baptisms cleansed many from sins.
Today, some Christian leaders have strayed and do not represent Jesus well. They quote Scripture, but act like the world. Adding insult to this injury are those who play the roles of judges.
But you, my most beloved brethren, don't strut in superiority. You confess your bloopers and blunders. You confess the Lord Who's helping you. You confess His abundant mercies that never fail and always forgive.
To Be Continued...
* Romans 3:10, but many Scriptures affirm this truth, including Psalms 14:1, 53:1, 143:2; Ecclesiastes 7:20, Isaiah 53:6, 64:6, Romans 3:23, 1 John 1:8
** One AMTC grad, AnnaLynne McCord (who began as a model, but became a well-known actress, http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1715118/), had some roles so raunchy that we took her off our website for many years. I read an article today about a noteworthy charity AnnaLynne heads: Together One Heart, http://www.together1heart.org (scroll down to read AnnaLynne's story). She's gone public with the rape and incest she endured as a child, which led to her troubled life as an adult. Christians should not judge. Only God knows hearts, circumstances, desires and ultimate outcomes.
*** Mark 1:1-3: 'The beginning of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God. As it is written in the Prophets: 'Behold, I send My messenger before Your Face, who will prepare Your way before You.' The voice of one crying in the wilderness: 'Prepare the way of the Lord; Make His paths straight.' '
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Do-Gooders series.