Sunday, July 24th, 2011
Do not judge, and you will not be judged; and do not condemn, and you will not be condemned; pardon, and you will be pardoned.
Luke 6:37 (NAS)
What's the greatest sin? Pride gets a vote. Wasn't that Satan's downfall? Hatred would be near the top, too. Idolatry is a deal breaker, but what does God hate the most?
'There are six things the Lord hates, seven that are detestable to him: haughty eyes, a lying tongue, hands that shed innocent blood, a heart that devises wicked schemes, feet that are quick to rush into evil, a false witness who pours out lies, and a man who stirs up dissension among brothers' (Proverbs 6:16-19).
God gave us Ten Commandments, and Jesus expanded them: if hatred is the same as murder, a lustful thought equals adultery, gossip is false witness, and calling in sick is stealing office time, haven't most people broken all ten?
God warns us, '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).
If you are entering the entertainment industry, you will meet gay agents, artists, and performers. God loves them exceedingly. Consider this unsettling truth: sinners of all types turn away from their Redeemer because of haughty eyes and condemning words from 'Christians.'
Therefore, let's forget labels, forsake scorn, seek forgiveness, wear humility, pursue peace, embrace kindness, example excellence, and meet them in love.
Should we gently correct sinners within the church? God says yes. But even then, we must ask God to correct us first--to remove the beam from our own eyes through His abundant mercy.
Only then will a love so radiant shine from us that sinners will eagerly seek our counsel. If we don't leave the judging to God, the one condemned will not be the gay man next door.