Sunday, September 18th, 2016
Judgment (Part 32)
What business is it of mine to judge those outside the church?
1 Corinthians 5:12 (NIV)
As it is written: 'There is no one righteous, not even one.'
Romans 3:10 (NIV)
If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.
1 John 1:8 (NIV)
Make it your ambition to lead a quiet life: You should mind your own business...
1 Thessalonians 4:11 (NIV)
Love covers a multitude of sins.
1 Peter 4:8 (NASB)
Love never fails.
1 Corinthians 13:8 (NIV)
On earth, Jesus had better things to do than throw stones at a scandalous woman who clearly broke God's Laws about marriage.* '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).
Because every Law the Lord ever wrote was scorned by every man who ever lived.** Except One, and He loved us anyway.
If our heartfelt thoughts (like anger or lust) equate to murder and adultery, then I've broken all Ten Commandments. Even now, trying to follow Jesus, I've not experienced a sinless day. My eyes are not yet free of blinding beams.
Take a look at this documented list of 667 sins.*** I shrink to think how many I still break. I thank Jesus for His redeeming Blood, for His patience and mercy toward me.
If God says same-sex marriage is a sin, then what about 'Holier than thou' (Isaiah 65:5) pride? Or lies, complaint and materialism?
When gay marriage was hotly debated, then approved by our nation's highest court, U.S. Christians ranted and raved for months. I've never seen or heard such hateful words hurled in one accord by so many mouths.
So I ask you to consider three things:
1. A scornful Christian is not attractive. God's Good News and the fruit of His Spirit are potent, cross-cultural calling cards.****
2. God didn't call us to judge outsiders, nor to criticize governmental laws. Jesus demonstrated the opposite.
3. If the Holy Spirit is our Teacher, Who personally convicts and guides us, then bringing people to Christ is our goal.
Actors, models and talent for Christ: Toward laws or leaders you don't like, don't fuss. You have bigger fish to fry: namely, repenting of your own sins, correcting your church brethren in love and becoming skilled fishers of men. Through the kindness of your behavior, sinners (like you) may commit to Christ. With love, He rebuilds each one of us.
To Be Continued...
* Jesus and The Adulterous Woman: https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=john+8&version=NASB
** 'For whoever keeps the whole Law and yet stumbles in one point, he has become guilty of all' (James 2:10).
*** Bible Studies, documented list of 667 sins: http://www.amazingbible.org/Documents/Bible_Studies/Sin_list_part_6.htm
**** The fruit of the Spirit: https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=gal+5%3A22-23&version=NASB