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The Price of Judgment

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Nietzsche said the last Christian died on the cross.

That is such a bold, yet powerful and piercing statement. Is it true? In some ways I feel that it is. And that’s painful!

It’s not just how one man saw it, either. I think a lot of people see it that way. Jesus would not want it to be true. So I think that we need to do something to change it.

It’s a joke how much we judge in the church. We judge other people. We think we’re better than other people. We think we’re better human beings because we found Jesus.

Jesus wouldn’t react that way. No. Jesus would say, “You shouldn’t try to make yourselves look better in the eyes of other human beings because you found Me. That’s not how it works. You should love other people better because you found Me.”

And I think that that’s just so good, man. I’ve seen the good that comes when you don’t judge other people.

I’ve been around when someone does something that I know is wrong. They look at me as if to say, “Oh, you’re a Christian guy, you think you’re better than me.” They look at me to see if I’m going to look at them wrong. They expect me to shake my head and judge them right there.

I want that guy to look at me. Then I can look at him and I can smile. And I can give him a hug. And I can say, “I love you.”

Then he might say, “But I just did something you think is wrong!”

And I can say, “You’re right, and I don’t agree with it. I wouldn’t do it, because I don’t think it’s right. But that does not change my view. I love you as a human being. I love you so much. And I love your life. I hope that you will know the right and wrong way to do things one day, but brother, I will not turn my back on you. I love you.”

That heals the soul immediately! When you do that, people are blown away. They’re like, “Whoa, wait! That’s not how it’s done!”

They’re right! That’s not how it’s done, because we haven’t done it right.

Jesus is the one that showed us the right way to do things. The church’s calling is to love like Jesus. See you Friday.

4 thoughts on “The Price of Judgment

  1. Amen! This is so true. As believers we are called to have the mind of Christ. He certainly gave us big shoes to fill but it boils down to walking in love. Yeah, we hate sin BUT we love the sinner. After all, we still mess up, no one is perfect (as hard as we may try!) Unfortunately “religion” has given Christians a bad rap! Just look at who Jesus dealt with harshly, it was the religious folks of His time, not the sinners. In the church, sin needs to be dealt with biblically, not for condemnation but for restoration so even in that as we are walking like Jesus (in love) we will fulfill His perfect will to serve and love one another.
    Thanks for a great post!! I appreciate your testimony.
    God bless!

    Go Giants 😉
    Natalie H

  2. I wish more people thought and spoke this way. I’m not a Christian (just a Giants fan that supports the good work you do), but imagine how great the world would be if more people had this as their first reaction instead of hate.

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  4. “Church… I love you. Even though you’ve done things that are wrong, I still love you. I don’t always agree with the things you do, because that’s not the way I believe things should be done, but that does not change my view. I love you as a human creation. I love you so much. And I love your existence. I hope that you will know the right and wrong way to do things one day, but brothers and sisters, I will not turn my back on you. I love you.”

    Sometimes the Church needs a hug and some forgiveness too.

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