Luke 6:37 (NKJV) “37 “Judge not, and you shall not be judged. Condemn not, and you shall not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven.”
(MSG) “Don’t pick on people, jump on their failures, criticize their faults–unless, of course, you want the same treatment. Don’t condemn those who are down; that hardness can boomerang. Be easy on people; you’ll find life a lot easier.”
What an interesting week in the news this week as radical church group Westboro Baptist Church from Kansas won a case in the U.S. Supreme Court that allows them to picket homosexuality at fallen U.S. Marine soldiers funerals. The radical church group has signs that say things such as “God Hates Fags”, “God Hates America” and “Pray for more dead soldiers”. Their protest is radical and hate filled as they try to communicate that God is punishing America for the homosexuality actions of some of our US military.
You can read more on this at the CNN link below:
Now as I do not endorse homosexuality in any capacity as it is biblically a sin and displeases God, it is no different than any other sin. God shows no partiality with people or with sin. The fact that the Westboro Baptist church protestors are so hate filled in their approach it makes them become a complete opposite example of how we should be acting as Christians and how the church should respond to any type of sin. Jesus ate dinner with tax collectors and “sinners”, not judging them to Hell but teaching and loving them to the truth of grace and freedom in Him. We will never win the lost of the world by judging them, only by loving them.
The acts of these protesters are disgusting and appalling and would make any American disgusted with the Christian church as a whole. Radical groups such as Westboro Baptist are a terrible example of the church and actually hurt more than help. I think we as Christians can learn from their actions!
As we encounter people that are in sin let us remember what Romans 3:23 says “for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God“. The minute any person forgets this and begins to judge they are acting out of self righteousness and not the love of God.
How can you love someone you know that is bound in sin? Try it today!
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In Christ Jesus,
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