If there’s one thing I cannot stand, it’s a judgmental Christian. It’s a personal beef I have. Maybe because I can be that person sometimes. And I hate it. I hate the way it looks and acts. I hate the things it says and does. I just have a difficult time with people who think they’re better than someone else.
For everyone has sinned; we all fall short of God’s glorious standard. (Romans 3:23)
No one is righteous—not even one. (Romans 3:10)
I want to be careful here that I don’t break off into a rant..and become..um..judgmental. Because grace belongs to all. And we all need it. Everyone has something they struggle with. EVERYONE! So, these judgmental Christians that I mention here need grace as well. Their sins of casting judgment, being prideful, and self-righteousness are no better or worse than the things that I struggle with. I want grace from them..so as much as I hate it, I need to extend them grace.
So here we are in today’s reading plan (Romans 2). I have many thoughts on this section of scripture but I want to hear what it speaks to you. Read this next section and let me know how it affects you today.
1 You may think you can condemn such people, but you are just as bad, and you have no excuse! When you say they are wicked and should be punished, you are condemning yourself, for you who judge others do these very same things.2 And we know that God, in his justice, will punish anyone who does such things.3 Since you judge others for doing these things, why do you think you can avoid God’s judgment when you do the same things?
4 Don’t you see how wonderfully kind, tolerant, and patient God is with you? Does this mean nothing to you? Can’t you see that his kindness is intended to turn you from your sin?
One of my favorite verses in the Bible, Romans 2:4, it’s his kindness that leads us to repentance, not some self-righteous Christian’s judgment.