Thursday, August 28, 2008


I don't know if anyone has seen Super Size me but the guy who did that now has a new television show called 30 Days where he takes people with strong viewpoints and places them on the opposite side, in hopes that they will learn something from the situation. This show is fun, its entertaining, and its also offers a very interesting look into the lives of Christians.

Last night I watched 6 episodes (3 of which were strongly based on Christians in a secular world) ILLEGALLY on (I know it's wrong don't stone me) and I was appalled when I saw men and woman who claimed to be Christ followers condemning other people. I watched and laughed and at times was offended but it wasn't until I finished the final show that I realized there are Christians all over the world condemning others to hell, telling them that they are doomed to burn in a fiery pit because of their beliefs, sexual preferences, or opposing religious ideals.

The Bible is very clear on its viewpoints a lot of the time. It addresses Homosexuality, Incest, Lying, Cheating, Stealing, Committing Adultery, Murder, the list goes on and on but it also addresses judgment:

Luke 6:37-38
Do not judge and you will not be judged, do not condemn and you will not be condemned, forgive and you will be forgiven. Give and it will come back to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over into you lap.

We all commit sins:

Romans 8:23
for all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God.

And to the best of my knowledge sin is sin, lying is just as bad as, cheating, stealing, murdering, etc. the punishment may be different but you have sinned in the eyes of the Lord and that, sin, is the sole reason we as humans lost our privileges with God in the first place.

Condemning others is the responsibility of God, not you or me, so when you speak be careful because if you plan on condemning someone else for their sin you are risking your own condemnation.

In your anger do not sin; when you are in your beds, search your hearts and be silent.

LUKE 6:41
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?


Tina said...

So glad to see you blogging!
You are absolutely right about Christians and judgementalism. It is something I wrestle with daily.Paul Williams just spoke about this in his sermon last week and the thing he said that really stuck with me was "those who are the most judgemental, have the most to hide" (paraphrased)
Why do we feel we have the right to judge others? In my opinion, it makes us feel better about ourselves and our own shortcomings.
Tina Stenman