People have a way of scrutinizing the ways of others. Scrutiny is fine, we should be aware of its parameters. At the end of the day, we only judge others based on our own convictions.
Thanks to social media, and gossip blogs the world is not short on people offering their opinions about any and everything. If you are looking to be offended, you don’t have to look far. Just scroll down your timeline. There are dozens, if not hundreds of people, who are locked and loaded; ready to fire off criticisms for all the people who don’t measure up to thier standards.
We have to be very careful when look down our noses at others, because what may be a conviction for one may not be for the other. Truth be told, the vast majority of us don’t even live up to our own standards. When most of us fall short of our own glory, how do we find it so easy to crucify everyone else who does as well? Especially for people of faith. Walking with Jesus is a personal journey, and Christ has freed us from the rigors of the law. But we have all been made free, to do what God wills in our lives, and not just to conform to each other.
Listen to what Paul says in 1 Corinthians 9:
“Even though I am free of the demands and expectations of everyone, I have voluntarily become a servant to any and all in order to reach a wide range of people: religious, nonreligious, meticulous moralists, loose-living immoralists, the defeated, the demoralized—whoever. I didn’t take on their way of life. I kept my bearings in Christ—but I entered their world and tried to experience things from their point of view. I’ve become just about every sort of servant there is in my attempts to lead those I meet into a God-saved life. I did all this because of the Message. I didn’t just want to talk about it; I wanted to be in on it!” (v. 19-23, The Message Bible)
So, be mindful of this one truth the next time you feel the need to criticize someone else; we don’t have to be uniformed to be unified.
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“Criticize”, written by is a song written by Alexander O’Neal and Garry “Jellybean” Johnson. Produced by Garry Johnson, James Harris III, and Terry Lewis. Performed by Alexander O’Neal, released 1987.