Love Trumps Judgment

 

In these past few months, there has been a huge increase in people speaking their opinions. With all that is going on in this nation and the way that our integrity is being questioned, it’s important to hear the voices of those who stand for righteousness. As people of God, it is crucial that our voices are reflective of Christ. That is something that I personally strive to do. Now, I do believe that it is okay to vent. I think it’s important to have friends and/or family whom you trust enough to share your unfiltered opinions with. I just don’t think that public spaces like twitter are the place for it.

I believe that what we as Christians share with the world should be in alignment with the word of God. I’m not saying that everything you say or post should be a bible verse. That’s just annoying. I definitely feel that it’s okay to be transparent and talk candidly about how you feel. I just think that at the end of the day what comes out of your mouth in public spaces like social media should edifying. That being said, when I sat down to write this post, I was at a loss for words. Then a few verses came to mind.

The first was Isaiah 50:4,

“The Sovereign Lord has given me his words of wisdom, so that I know how to comfort the weary. Morning by morning he wakens me and opens my understanding to his will.”

As I thought about this verse, I realized that God has given me the words to say. I still was at a loss for what those words were. Then a second verse came to mind. It was Jeremiah 23:18,

“Have any of these prophets been in the LORD’s presence to hear what he is really saying? Has even one of them cared enough to listen?”

So I decided to take some time to really ask God what He had to say.

This is what I heard. “I am not judging you. I want to be with you.” While I know that this is true of what God says to me, I truly feel that this is what God is saying to this nation and to this world. Since the election of Donald Trump, I have heard so many voices of judgment. People judging the president, judging the LGBTQ community, judging people of color, judging Muslims, judging people who voted for Trump, judging people who are angry, judging people who are happy, judging people who are Pro Choice, and people who are Pro Life.

What I find the most concerning is the people who are using God or the bible as justification for their condemnation.  I’m not sure what bible they’ve been reading because the bible I read says that Jesus has reserved judgment for the day that He returns to earth. Until then, His concern, His will, and His focus is that the world know Him and experience relationship with Him. My bible also says that we are called to love. And here is what love is not. Love is not impatient, unkind, jealous, boastful, rude, demanding of its own way, and it does not hold a record of wrongs.

I’m not going to pretend that I’ve been innocent in this. It’s easy to judge. It’s easy to get caught up in defining wrong and right, but the line between right and wrong were blurred by the blood of Christ when He died to make my very wrong self into the righteousness of God. I have no room for judgment. All I have left is love.

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