Firstly, Tristan so eagerly would like for me to inform all of you that have been participating in the saving of the bottle caps (which I know of some that have been doing so) that the little girl, Mary, that had cancer is now cancer free! So if you haven’t sent in your bottle caps but don’t want them to go to waste, you can still send them to St. Jude’s and they’ll use them to fund for children that can’t afford treatment. Check out their website for more information – http://www.stjude.org.
The topic of comparing/contrasting sins has been on my heart because it’s something I’m currently dealing with in my life. I’m a single, nine weeks pregnant woman. Today I finally informed the general public of the news – not to get feedback, but because I was tired of talking to people and feeling like I was hiding something. I made a mistake, slipped up, and now I’m “suffering” the consequences. However, being a mother is never a consequence. But being a single mother is nothing God wants for us either, although it does happen. I have such a heart for single, young moms, or single and soon-to-be mommy’s; always have, always will. I feel as though pregnant women are judged far more than any other person that commits a sin. I have a righteous anger that rises within me when I see people point the finger at pregnant girls. Being single and pregnant is no different than someone who lies, lusts, covets, murders, is prideful, or is just a neighborhood gossip. The only difference is that women who are pregnant have their choice of sinning revealed to the public. Lying or lusting after someone is easily hidden and a matter of the heart.
If someone is perfect and has never sinned and they want to judge someone who has sinned, then I say they have a right since they’ve never sinned. But show me someone who has never lied. Show me someone that’s never lusted or been prideful.
There’s a beautiful story of Jesus being a sinless man that was presented with the opportunity to condemn, but instead forgave:
The teachers of the law and the Pharisees brought in a woman caught in adultery. They made her stand before the group and said to Jesus, “Teacher, this woman was caught in the act of adultery. In the Law Moses commanded us to stone such women. Now what do you say?” They were using this question as a trap, in order to have a basis for accusing him. But Jesus bent down and started to write on the ground with his finger. When they kept on questioning him, he straightened up and said to them, “Let any one of you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her.” Again he stooped down and wrote on the ground. At this, those who heard began to go away one at a time, the older ones first, until only Jesus was left, with the woman still standing there. Jesus straightened up and asked her, “Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?” “No one, sir,” she said. “Then neither do I condemn you,” Jesus declared. “Go now and leave your life of sin.”
In more ways than one, these verses sum up my life. For such a long time I saw myself as the woman condemned by the Pharisees. It took years for me to read to the end of the story and see that Jesus has actually forgiven me and tells me to leave my life of sin.
I believe that Jesus was writing the first commandments in the sand. One by one as people read what he wrote, they realized they were sinners and had no right to condemn this woman. The one man left standing was Jesus, the perfect and spotless man that had a right to punish this woman, however, he chose to forgive her. Only Jesus has the right to forgive and/or judge us.
But somewhere along the lines people started feeling as though they have a right to point the finger at others. Somewhere along the lines people started thinking they know better than Jesus. Aren’t we supposed to shape our lives after Christ? If he chose not to cast the first stone, shouldn’t we also be willing to drop our stones?
Look at this and apply it to your own life. How many times have you judged and compared/contrasted sins of other people? You lied and then say at least you never murdered anyone. Do you realize all sin is equal in the eyes of Christ? That the murderer in jail is on the same level as you, the liar. The adulterous woman is equal to a prideful man.
“For whoever keeps the whole law and yet stumbles at just one point is guilty of breaking all of it.”
I suppose my current situation and people questioning me about my choice has raised a righteous anger inside me. However, it’s always bothered me when people say they aren’t as bad as a murderer. Or “at least I’m not pregnant like so-and-so.” I don’t intend on this blog post being just about me, nor is it a rage post. I’m sick and tired of Christian people judging and condemning other people. It’s as if they think they’re higher than God himself.
I don’t believe all Christians are judgmental, and even true Christians slip. I’m easily guilty of pointing the finger at people. It’s hard not to, I know. But I want people to acknowledge what they’re doing. They’re really saying that they have a right to judge. They’re saying they’re God.
Instead of condemning others, why not encourage them? How about a random letter saying you’re praying for them? Why not send flowers to their house? Imagine what the body of Christ could do if instead of tearing each other down, we built each other up. We could move mountains; we could save lives.