“we’re inviting God’s judgment on our nation…”

I usually stay out of issues like this because I normally don’t like to be a part of the hatred and mudslinging that ensues, but I am sick and tired of holier-than-thou, self-righteous, narcissistic “Christians” proclaiming GOD’S judgement on people, lifestyles, issues, or beliefs that differ from theirs!

The president of a major, nation-wide fast food chain weighed in on a hot-button issue this week by saying: “we’re inviting God’s judgement on our nation when we shake our fist at him and say we know better than you as to what constitutes a marriage.”  My question to this individual:  “How do you know God’s judgement?”  How do you know what God is thinking?  How is it that you came by this plan God has?  Did He invite you to a secret, closed-door meeting where the Lord of All suddenly changed Matthew 7:1-3 (“Do not judge, or you too will be judged. For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.“Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye?).  Did God give you permission to write “The Gospel According to Chick-fil-A?

I am pretty neutral on the “gay marriage” issue.  I have my opinions, but I usually like to keep them to myself, but in the end, I try to have most of my decision making follow one hard and fast rule.  Matthew 22:34-37:  34 Hearing that Jesus had silenced the Sadducees, the Pharisees got together. 35 One of them, an expert in the law, tested him with this question: 36 “Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?” 37 Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’[c] 38 This is the first and greatest commandment. 39 And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’[d] 40 All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”  I often screw this one up.  It is part of the reason I don’t like to chime in on these hot-button issues, but it is an abomination that this gentleman, a self-proclaimed follower of Christ would have the audacity to proclaim God’s judgement on any issue, topic, or belief.

One of my favorite Christian writers and humanitarians, Brennan Manning once famously said, “The greatest single cause of atheism in the world today are Christians who acknowledge Jesus with their lips and then walk out the door and deny him by their lifestyle. That is what an unbelieving world simply finds unbelievable.”  When we, as humans, withhold Grace and vaingloriously pass judgement on others we are violating the Greatest Commandment.  We are trying to impose our beliefs on others without love, patience, kindness, or even any sort of relationship.  We are being hypocritical.

It is this hypocrisy that Jesus is speaking of in Matthew 7.  It is this hypocrisy Jesus is trying to avoid when he shares the Greatest Commandment.  It is exactly this hypocrisy that this gentleman is displaying when he declares God’s judgement on others.  I have no idea what kind of skeletons this man may have in his closed, but God does.  And while we are busy unloading our judgement on other peoples’ dirty laundry, God is sorting through ours…and we all have plenty…

I am a hypocrite.  I am a fallen, faulty sinner who aspires to be like the One who was perfection.  I pray that I never forget that.  I pray that I never forget that Jesus has sorted through all of my dirty laundry, and with His blood washed it clean.  And I pray that we can get past our judging and get on with our loving.

Be Blessed…

One Love
One God
One Way

Jason

 

 

 

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~ by archangel66 on July 25, 2012.

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