If it seems we are crazy, it is to bring glory to God. And if we are in our right minds, it is for your benefit. Either way, Christ’s love controls us. Since we believe that Christ died for all, we also believe that we have all died to our old life. He died for everyone so that those who receive his new life will no longer live for themselves. Instead, they will live for Christ, who died and was raised for them.
So we have stopped evaluating others from a human point of view. At one time we thought of Christ merely from a human point of view. How differently we know him now! This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun! (2 Corinthians 5:13-17 NLT)
When you make Jesus the Lord of your life, you are a new creation – your sins have been erased – but this is only as far as God is concerned, people are not so forgiving (whether Christians or not). There are some Christians that have learned to judge others based on their own relationship with God (aka the Holier Than Thou “Christian”) – I use the ” ” because a person whose heart is hardened doesn’t appear to be living a truly redeemed life. There are others who use the cult of ‘Hyper Grace “Christian”‘, who sin like they never knew Jesus and call other Believers legalistic when called out, or worse, teach others that living in a sinful lifestyle is fine with God because God is love (” ” so-called Christians in this instance, because instead of dying to our sins, they continue to live in their sin with full intent).
“Don’t pick on people, jump on their failures, criticize their faults— unless, of course, you want the same treatment. That critical spirit has a way of boomeranging. It’s easy to see a smudge on your neighbor’s face and be oblivious to the ugly sneer on your own. Do you have the nerve to say, ‘Let me wash your face for you,’ when your own face is distorted by contempt? It’s this whole traveling road-show mentality all over again, playing a holier-than-thou part instead of just living your part. Wipe that ugly sneer off your own face, and you might be fit to offer a washcloth to your neighbor. (Matthew 7:1-5 MSG)
Obviously, I can’t judge anyone – whether a ‘Holier Than Thou’ or a ‘Hyper Grace’ – I’m only allowed to look at the fruit a person is bearing, only God can know a person’s heart. I don’t even like labeling, (I can only imagine the label put on myself by others) but did it to show the polar opposites of people who call themselves “Christians” can be viewed as by others. As I’ve drawn closer to God, really digging into His Word and seeking God in everything I do; I’ve noticed there are Christians who don’t act any different than the unsaved – which makes me seek God’s forgiveness (because, again, I don’t know their heart) and to ask God to help me love them with His heart and not my own. That’s the biggest thing I’ve learned with God, He doesn’t want me thinking about anyone else’s spiritual condition or growth – I need to focus on my own – which I’ll be doing until the day He calls me to Heaven.
If we have to choose between obedience to God and obedience to any human authority, then we must obey God. (Acts 5:29 Voice)
Recently the whole thing with the clerk refusing to issue a same-sex marriage license really got on my nerves. I was annoyed with her, thinking to myself – why is she making a skeptical of herself, she should resign since she knew her job would require her to issue licenses based on the recent Supreme Court Ruling (fyi – I disagree with the ruling). Then almost immediately, it’s like God said to me, “and how do you know what I’ve asked her to do?” That’s when I realized, maybe she went to God in prayer, maybe she did seek after Him and ask what she should do – maybe she even struggled with His answer – I can’t know, I can’t presume either. Now, am I surprised that non-believers are hanging her up to dry, calling her a hypocrite because of her past failed marriages – of course not, those that don’t have the Holy Spirit living in them are spiritually blinded and can not comprehend at how we are changed upon Salvation.
The message of the cross is foolish to those who are headed for destruction! But we who are being saved know it is the very power of God. As the Scriptures say,
“I will destroy the wisdom of the wise
and discard the intelligence of the intelligent.”
So where does this leave the philosophers, the scholars, and the world’s brilliant debaters? God has made the wisdom of this world look foolish. Since God in his wisdom saw to it that the world would never know him through human wisdom, he has used our foolish preaching to save those who believe. It is foolish to the Jews, who ask for signs from heaven. And it is foolish to the Greeks, who seek human wisdom. So when we preach that Christ was crucified, the Jews are offended and the Gentiles say it’s all nonsense.
But to those called by God to salvation, both Jews and Gentiles, Christ is the power of God and the wisdom of God. This foolish plan of God is wiser than the wisest of human plans, and God’s weakness is stronger than the greatest of human strength. (1 Corinthians 1:18-25 NLT)
I’ve recently been under an internet attack, in the past week hackers have tried over 1500 times to access my blog and website. I don’t understand why they have put so much time and effort into hacking a non-profit personal website/blog, I don’t ‘preach’ hate – instead, I’d like to think that I teach only God’s love. I make it a point to pray before and after I’ve finished writing and especially before I hit ‘publish’. There is a difference between those who don’t know Jesus and those who assault/persecute Christians – some do so out of ignorance and others out of hate. As I try to understand the hate that seems to fuel the so-called ‘tolerant’, I can’t help but refer to the rest of Jesus’ teaching on ‘judge and you will be judged’…
“Don’t give holy things to dogs, and don’t throw your pearls ·before [to] ·pigs [ swine]. ·Pigs will only trample on them, and dogs will turn to attack you [They will trample them and turn to attack you; pigs were ritually unclean and dogs were considered scavengers]. (Matthew 7:6 EXB)
“We can tell how men look, but God can tell what they are. He judges of men by the heart. We often form a mistaken judgment of characters; but the Lord values only the faith, fear, and love, which are planted in the heart, beyond human discernment. And God does not favour our children according to our fond partiality, but often most honours and blesses those who have been least regarded.” from Matthew Henry’s Commentary 1 Samuel 16:7