Friday, December 16th, 2016
Do-Gooders (Part 31)
Cast No Stones
He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her.
John 8:7 (NKJV)
Judge not, that you be not judged. For with what judgment you judge, you will be judged; and with the measure you use, it will be measured back to you. And why do you look at the speck in your brother's eye, but do not consider the plank in your own eye? 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? Hypocrite! First remove the plank from your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother's eye.
Matthew 7:1-5 (NKJV)
Consider a modern Christian theme song: homosexuality is a sin. It's rehearsed and sung by self-righteous saints, while the world boos the callous performance.* But we're not playing to the world, are we? Didn't the Lord say the world would hate us? Aren't we charged with representing the Truth?
Yes x 3, but Orders can be twisted, and Words can be taken out of context. When Christians don't follow Jesus closely, when He's so far in front they can't see Him, when they don't study His Book for themselves, when a guy in a nice suit takes His place, could that guy be a well-let impostor?
Actors, models and talent for Christ: One Bible-referenced study lists 667 sins.** Certainly, we don't want our own sins singled out for church condemnation. What about the list of seven sins that God labels abominations? I've seen all of them among Christians.***
Consider humming a sweeter tune. Hard-hitting stones don't make your play book. Because no Christian lives without sin. Thankfully, we're covered by Jesus and tutored by His Holy Spirit. We're nurtured, corrected and transformed--each in the way and time God deems best.
Your starring role in this production is to represent Jesus in love: to show a Savior so wonderful that outsiders become insiders. 'For God did not send the Son into the world to judge the world, but that the world might be saved through Him' (John 3:17).
To Be Continued...
* Good, short article: Should Christians Point Out People's Sins?
** Referenced sin list: http://www.amazingbible.org/Documents/Bible_Studies/Sin_list_part_6.htm
*** Seven abominations to the Lord: https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Proverbs+6%3A16-19&version=NKJV
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Do-Gooders series.