Tuesday, April 28th, 2015
Soldier's Orders (Part 20)
Refusal To Judge
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)
Whatever your rank in the armed forces of the Lord, you stand below Jesus, salvation's Captain, and God, our Commander-in-Chief. Concerning the Former, the Cross He bore placed Him higher than any man. Concerning the Latter, the stars He carries are beyond human measure.
Therein, perfect Hands record our service records: valiant moments and grievous mistakes.
On earth, when a soldier commits a crime, he is tried in a court martial: a specialized proceeding governed by military law. When a civilian commits a crime, he is tried in a court of law: a specialized proceeding governed by national rules. In all courts, one or more qualified judges preside.
But in no court are unqualified judges invited to call the shots. Nevertheless, many try. In the game of football, opinionated outsiders become armchair quarterbacks. In the plays of living, opinionated outsiders become critics and lynch mobs: stealing reputation and speaking condemnation without the full facts.
Actors, models and talent for Christ: On the matter of judgement, God is overwhelmingly clear. Give up the gavel. Guilt or innocence is not your call. If you condemn another, you, yourself, may take the fall:
'For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged' (Matthew 7:2).
Today, we have a judging accelerator called media: a group of running hounds and talking heads, chasing game and seeking glory. It's fast-paced, gut-wrenching action. Truth can be as hard to find as a sunbeam in a rainstorm.
Actors, models and talent for Christ: Be that truth. Avoid the common Christian temptation to judge. Putting others down will never lift us up, except to our own trials. 'For we shall all stand before the judgment seat of Christ' (Romans 14:10).
To Be Continued...
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Soldier's Orders series.