Saturday Poll:: Do You Judge “Lazy” Christians?

I can’t stand to feel unequally yoked (Christian-ese for being in a relationship where you pull more of the weight than the business partner, spouse, teammate, etc.) And when I feel like I’m “doing” more than the other person, two things happen: 1. I get resentful and complain to God, “Isn’t this unfair?” 2. I determine in my mind that the other person is LAZY!

Maybe this somehow makes me feel better about myself. Maybe I feel like I’m “better” or “more important.” Maybe it is simply my own frustrations with allowing myself to be in the yoke in the first place. I know this thinking is wrong. Well, some part of it is wrong. Blah.

I realize that I’m measuring myself again using The Good-O-Meter. So, that leads me to today’s poll question:

Are you like me, Do you judge lazy Christians?

We read stories like Martha and Mary, where Martha is corrected concerning her busy-ness:

As Jesus and the disciples continued on their way to Jerusalem, they came to a certain village where a woman named Martha welcomed him into her home. Her sister, Mary, sat at the Lord’s feet, listening to what he taught. But Martha was distracted by the big dinner she was preparing. She came to Jesus and said, “Lord, doesn’t it seem unfair to you that my sister just sits here while I do all the work? Tell her to come and help me.”
But the Lord said to her, “My dear Martha, you are worried and upset over all these details! There is only one thing worth being concerned about. Mary has discovered it, and it will not be taken away from her.” (Luke 10:38-42)

..then there are verses that implore us to serve, work hard and avoid laziness:

Slaves, obey your earthly masters with deep respect and fear. Serve them sincerely as you would serve Christ. Try to please them all the time, not just when they are watching you. As slaves of Christ, do the will of God with all your heart. Work with enthusiasm, as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people. Remember that the Lord will reward each one of us for the good we do, whether we are slaves or free. (Ephesians 6:5-8)

and

Never be lazy, but work hard and serve the Lord enthusiastically. (Romans 12:8)

So..do you find yourself looking down at those who are not as busy as you (viewing them as lazy?)

I’ll admit it, I quickly judge those who appear lazy..when all along..they may be Mary. Maybe Jesus and I don’t see eye-to-eye on this one. I guess I need to get on the same page with Him. But how do we know the difference in sitting at the feet of Jesus and just being lazy?

Let me know what you think..

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  • Chris

    Just because someone seems lazy to you does not mean that they are. I have often been chastized for being lazy, not lisining, ect., just because i did not act the way that they belived that a person should act when doing different things. But apon closer examanatin they would relize that they were wrong. Matthew 7 came to mind when i saw this. 7:1 Judge not, that ye be not judged. (KJV). That whole chapter makes for good reading when we start to think others are lazy. And if you decide that they are lazy just remember Johm 3:17, For God sent not his son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. (KJV) Which means to me that being good christans that we should not condemn them either, but show them love, and God will do the rest. sorry for being long winded.

  • Jonathan Lee

    I have a spiritual mentor that tells me, “Jonathan, it’s none of your business what people are doing and what they are not doing.” If I keep my attention focused on the works of others, I am robbing myself of time and energy. This time and energy could be better spent moving myself forward. I have to be careful because my ego is a great tool for the Devil. I have to remember that faith allows me to get out of the Judiciary business. God alone judges.

    • your mentor is a wise one..and that is well said..thanks for your addition Jonathan..

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