Judging Others

A man went to the doctor with a banana in one ear, a cabbage in the other and a bread roll stuck in his nose. “I know immediately what’s wrong with you”, said the doctor. “You aren’t eating properly!”

Have you ever noticed how easy it is to spot what is wrong with the way other people live? Priorities are all wrong, attitudes completely messed up and as for behaviour! If only everyone was like me. But when did we last examine our own attitudes and behaviour with the same degree of impartiality that we bring to our examination of others? More importantly, when did we last properly bring ourselves under the all revealing spotlight of God – and what effect did it have?

Steve King offers a few thoughts

Hypocrisy is probably the biggest turn-off against Christians. Often they are perceived as having standards that apply to others more than to themselves. Of course in truth every believer is subjected to the same temptations as those who have no faith and there is every reason to expect that some of those who are challenged will succumb. But scripture teaches that the fact that temptation is common is not an excuse for yielding to it. Paul says “No temptation has seized you except what is common to man.” Helpful, but there is more to come in this short treaty on how to be a Christian man or woman as he reminds us“… God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear.” And that “ when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can stand up under it.” 1 Corinthians 10:13

The writer to the Hebrews reminds us that “we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in very way, just as we are — yet was without sin. “ Hebrews 4:13 As the old hymn says “Yield not to temptation, for yielding is sin.” (My emphasis). God’s call to his people “I am the LORD your God; consecrate yourselves and be holy, because I am holy.” Leviticus 11:44 sets out our aspiration – or at least it should.

Judgment is something we do well to exercise wisely. “For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.” and when we do judge we must surely do so from a position of integrity. Matthew 7:4 “How can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when all the time there is a plank in your own eye?” So what does God require from us?

Probably the subject of many more articles to come but for the moment ponder this…

“The earth is the LORD'S and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it; for he founded it upon the seas and established it upon the waters. Who may ascend the hill of the LORD? Who may stand in his holy place? He who has clean hands and a pure heart, who does not lift up his soul to an idol or swear by what is false. He will receive blessing from the LORD and vindication from God his Saviour. Such is the generation of those who seek him, who seek your face, O God of Jacob. Psalm 24:1-6