Passing Judgment

The Lord has been good to me and my family.  We have experienced little heartache.  We have had no children serious injured, no deaths of close family members or friends, no problems with our families, etc. One thing that does break my heart is people that judge and condemn opthers for not believing what they believe.  It is not our job to judge and condemn, it is Gods. When we were living in Maryland at one point we were living in a basement apartment in the house of some friends from church.  We were living in a bad area of town and when these friends offered us the basement apartment in their house, we were excited to take them up on the offer (We paid rent, utitlites, everything.  Nothing was given to us).  We got out of a bad part of town and into a good area.  After we had been living there for over a year the church we were attending started to have problems.  The pastor left and and a new one came on.  I wasn’t thrilled about the new pastor, but believed I should give him a chance because The Lord put him there for some reason.  Our friends immediately left the church when the new pastor came stating that they had heard bad things about him, etc.

So now the people we were renting our apartment from were attending a different church than we were.  I didn’t think it would matter.  Why should it?  I was wrong. They felt we made the wrong decision by staying at the church under the new pastor.  They started bad mouthing the pastor and church everytime we talked and wanting to know what was keeping us there.  I decided I just wasn’t going to respond and hoped they would eventually move on.  They didn’t and a couple months later told us to move out.

What broke my heart was that they were judging us on the fact that our decisions were not the same as theirs.  They judged and condemned us because we didn’t believe what they believed.  People do this everyday.  People from different religions, ethic backgrounds, income level, etc.  It’s not just one group, it happens all the time and in places you would less expect it.  I know people will not always see eye to eye on things, but that is no reason to judge and condemn.

“For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things [done] in [his] body, according to that he hath done, whether [it be] good or bad.” 2 Corinthians 5:10

Courtney is the founder of Faithful Bloggers and blogs at CourtneySpeaks.com to help Christians start and run their online business.