Commentary By: Gordon King
Why are so many people in the world today turning against Christianity? Why do so many people refuse to believe in Jesus Christ? Why do so many in the world become angry and irate at the mere mention of the name Jesus, or telling them that you are a Christian?
These answers to these questions not only reflect the attitudes and values of today’s society, they represent the moral and ethical decline of society at large.
Christianity represents righteous morals and values, it dictates how we should live our lives and what we should and should not do. When a believer in Jesus Christ speaks out about sin, about what is right and what is wrong in the eyes of God Almighty, the world is outraged, yet, we only speak the truth! Speaking about the truth is just that, speaking the truth from the word of God. It is not condemnation or judgment, but telling people what is morally right and wrong. Even so, there are those living in the world who do not consider it as such. They believe that if you tell them what is wrong and a sin, then you are in fact judging and condemning them!
Life is sort of funny, we are told by the secularists in the world that we should not judge others, that we should let everyone live how they want and that we should not speak up about it. They say that we should all live together in peace and harmony while allowing everyone to live as they wish without believers saying a word about sin. And when Christians do speak up about sin, then these so-called “tolerant” secularists seem to make a complete 180 degree turn around and condemn believers! Who is actually judging who here?!
If we are not to make judgment calls in this life, then how could we even live? We make judgment calls every moment of the day, from what time should I wake up, to which medication should I take. We have to make judgment calls when we are driving our car, when we perform our tasks at work, and when we shop for food. Judgment calls are part of our everyday life and existence as human beings. We make judgment calls when we decide which people we should hang out with, when we decide which church to attend, and when we make choices on what to believe and not believe.
So are we judging people when we see the sin in their lives, when we see the sin in our own lives for that matter? And if we are, is it a bad thing? To make judgments is nothing more than being aware and noting something for what it is, it is not condemning another person for their sin. Condemnation is not ours to make, but reserved for God Almighty!
And if we are to help and serve other people, is it not wise to be able to judge if what they are doing is right or wrong? Whether or not they need help or not? How else can we live, how else can we even survive?
The world misinterprets the well-meaning judgment of believers. They take it as condemnation and hatred, when just the opposite is true. We are to judge in order to make wise decisions, in order to help those in need, and in order to lead the lost to salvation, not to condemn and spew hatred!
The world becomes angry and irate with Christians and the name of Jesus because they enjoy living in sin, pure and simple! They love their sinful lifestyles, they do not wish to give up the sin which gives them pleasure. This is the crux of it all, loving the sin, seeking enjoyment and pleasure at the expense of rebelling against the God of the universe Who created them!
If being a true believer in Jesus Christ means to have a change of heart in order to be saved, and it does, then most in the world choose not to believe. Isn’t this the bottom line, they love the sin more than they love God?
Judging others can be done for different reasons, one being to condemn others, while another is to make wise decisions. We should not judge in order to condemn others, but rather to lead them to Christ! God will be the one to judge according to our acts and deeds, that is not reserved for us.
We as true believers in Jesus Christ have been made priests and kings of the Most High God of the universe, and we will judge angels! How is it then that we cannot now make judgment calls regarding sin in the world? We must do so not out of hatred and anger, but out of love, kindness, peace, tenderheartedness, mercy, and forgiveness!
We must share the good news of Jesus Christ to a hurting world, we must put on Christ and live as He lived, this includes speaking out about sin! Anything else would not be from God, but from Satan. Satan is out to deceive and destroy, to steal lost souls, and bring to not the workings of Yeshua. Let us remember who is in control of “all” things, Jesus Christ!
Making judgment calls about sin is a loving thing to do, if and when it is done in the right way. The wages of sin are death, and the lost need to know that. Condemning others for their sin is not ours to make. Love those who hate you, have mercy on those who do you wrong, and be forgiving to all who have trespassed against you!
God Bless my friends! Maranatha!