Many outside the Church feel Christians look at the way they act, dress, vote, or live and cast judgmental stares. Couple this feeling of judgment with the hypocrisy (week 1 of this series), and it is easy to see why people who do not follow Jesus aren’t keen about those who claim to.
Over and over, Jesus reminded us the one action that should set His followers apart is LOVE. We are called to simply love those inside and outside the Church. Jesus never backed away from the Truth, but love led the way.
Judgement creates a divide. Love creates a pathway.
Judgement makes people feel that they need to do something before you will engage them. Love gives you the opportunity to engage them right where they are, come along side, and show how much you care for them. Then, you can introduce them to Jesus and His grace. The same grace you experienced, when you didn’t deserve it. Jesus didn’t judge you. He loved you.
We should follow His example.
“Judging others makes us blind, whereas love is illuminating. By judging others, we blind ourselves to our own evil and to the grace which others are just as entitled to as we are.” Dietrich Bonhoeffer.
As you interact with those who are “different” than you, remember to let love be the filter through which you choose your actions and words.
Message Title: The Church is Judgmental Series: When Good Churches Go Bad Message Date: January 18, 2015 Speaker: Dustin Kaehr
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