Howdy, Friends! It is a particularly joyful day in my little corner of the world. Christmas break starts today! That means I take a break from teaching kiddos and shift my concentration to revising a novel. Hm. On second thought, maybe “break” is too strong a word? But before we get to that, let’s take a look at the book of Jude, shall we? It’s a short little book packed with a lot (as most of our Bible books are). Take a quick peek and share in the comments what strikes you out of Jude’s words, then come back next week when we talk about Revelations. I can’t wait! One of my favorite images of Christ is on those pages!
Jude 22-23a (NIV)–Be merciful to those in doubt; snatch others from the fire and save them…
I got my toes stomped last week in III John. I got my toes stomped again this week. Oh my word. It is so easy to sit in front of the TV and pass judgment. It is so easy to walk by others in the mall or on the street and look down on them. It is even quite easy, at times, to sit in our own churches and think not-so-pretty thoughts about the person across the room. Be honest. It happens to all of us.
The thing is… we can’t be that way, especially to those who don’t know Christ. Our job is not to sit and stare down our noses, shake our heads and complain about those who “just don’t get it.” How often do we show mercy? Not only to the ones who are lost, but to the ones among us who have lost their way?
This verse struck me today because I realized I had been looking down on someone without even realizing it. It is so easy to pass judgment when someone fails. Oh, we can couch it as concern or any number of things, but the fact is, judgment is judgment. And I, for one, need to stop. Stop judging what the man on the street corner will do with any money I hand him. Stop judging the guy flying down the highway at 100 miles per hour. Stop judging the actress who can’t seem to stay married longer than three hours. Stop judging. Period. Is anyone else feeling it?
So, it wasn’t a Christmas kind of post. I apologize for that. But I’m feeling the weight of conviction. I’m guessing I might not be the only one. Lord, help us to see and love as you see and love.