- If you make healthier choices and lose weight, you’re getting too skinny.
- If your clothes fit a little snug than usual, you’re too fat.
- If you step out and pursue your vision, your vision isn’t clear enough.
- If you’re married, you’re not “that” happy.
- If you try something new, someone else would have or could have done it better. Or they would not have done it like “that.”
- If you’re single, you’re miserable and want to be married.
- If you like quality things, you’re vain.
- If you like to dress down, you’re struggling.
What ever happened to the “Christ-like” image we are supposed to portray as being Christians? I promise you- those who profess to be Christians are THE most judgmental. If the Lord had not impressed upon me to write a few books, I have no doubt that I would not be on social media. As soon as you post something, debate begins. I just watch some of the pages with a lot followers who promote positivity and the replies are horrid and critical. Which then actually proves who really is or is not “Christ-Like.” Don’t you remember what the Lord did for you?
- Jesus was kind and drew people through love.
- Jesus was moved with compassion.
- Jesus used the word and not His opinion to help people see themselves and get out of sin.
Without question, people often bring attention to themselves and then are exposed openly because of who they say they represent, when their behavior does not reflect Jesus. Therefore, what’s done in the dark MUST come to the light. Because Jesus has to show others that the image that person is betraying is not of Him. But who has not sinned and fallen short of the glory of God? Why would we need a Savior if we were already perfect?
Now wait!!! None of this is an excuse to sin or not to put God first, or to not go to church. We know when we are wrong and are not lining up with the word. The Holy Spirit is too intelligent to live within us and not show us or tell us that we are out of character. But when we see someone struggling, that’s when we “Christians” go to that individual and extend a hand of love, not judgment. They may not be able to overcome their struggle alone. Think about your struggles and how you overcame, if you’re not still there.
“Instead, be kind to each other, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, just as God through Christ has forgiven you.” Ephesians 4:32 NLT
At what point will we work together for the Kingdom of God? When will we be able to sit down and talk, be transparent and honest, without being hurtful and harmful? Last I checked, there is only one law giver and one Judge. And He is unbelievably amazing at doing His job.
“Don’t speak evil against each other, dear brothers and sisters. If you criticize and judge each other, then you are criticizing and judging God’s law. But your job is to obey the law, not to judge whether it applies to you. God alone, who gave the law, is the Judge. He alone has the power to save or to destroy. So what right do you have to judge your neighbor?” James 4:11-12 NLT
Criticism is not constructive when it belittles and hurts. It’s time for us to grow up and be Christians. The job description of being a Judge is already taken. Yeah, in I Corinthians 6:2-3, the word says the saints will judge the world but that time is not now. The word is the Judge and is the only way one can become clean.
“Since God chose you to be the holy people he loves, you must clothe yourselves with tenderhearted mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience. Make allowance for each other’s faults, and forgive anyone who offends you. Remember, the Lord forgave you, so you must forgive others. Above all, clothe yourselves with love, which binds us all together in perfect harmony. And let the peace that comes from Christ rule in your hearts. For as members of one body you are called to live in peace. And always be thankful.”Colossians 3:12-15 NLT