Judging Others

So since I’ve become a real Christian I’ve often felt the need turn other fake Christians into real Christians.  Out of pure and genuine heart.  I’ve lived the lukewarm Christian lifestyle and I’ve lived the non-lukewarm Christian lifestyle and I tell you that the non-lukewarm Christian lifestyle is so much better so I can’t help but want that for other people.

                 I call myself lukewarm because I went to church and listened to gospel music on Sundays and that was pretty much the extent of my Christian walk.  Didn’t touch my Bible much except

for on Sundays.  Prayed only before I was about to eat and when I needed something from God.  I went to parties but I never grinded upon guys or drank but I knew every word to all the Lil Wayne songs.  I watched crazy reality television shows like Real Housewives, Basketball Wives, Teen Mom and anything else.  I was no different from a non-Christian.  The only thing different about me and a non-Christian was that I went to church on Sundays and I was saved because I was baptized and believed that Jesus died on the cross for my sins.  That was it.  However, that wasn’t enough. 

                My personal relationship with God was non-existent. I didn’t know Him.  I just knew church.  Luckily God changed my heart.    And I have grown to know Him and I want others to know Him too.  I don’t watch reality television because I know it’s not pushing me closer to Christ so I because I stopped watching it I expected other Christians to stop watching it too.  I stopped listening to Lil Wayne so why is this Christian still listening to Lil Wayne.  I started reading my Bible everyday so why aren’t you if you claim you’re a Christian?  I stopped going to parties so why is this Christian still going to parties.  Don’t they understand that those activities aren’t pushing them closer to Christ or helping them mature spiritually?  Why do they do the “church thing” on Sundays but live like hell Monday through Saturday and think they are going to enter into the gates of heaven? Somebody better warn them!

                Once I started reading my Bible for myself and learning that everything I do should bring glory to God’s name I couldn’t sit there and do the things I used to do.  I felt convicted about it.  However, what I’ve learned is that the convictions I have aren’t going to be the same convictions another Christian has. Romans 14:4 says, “who are you to pass judgment on the servant of another? It is before his own master that he stands or falls. And he will be upheld, for the Lord is able to make him stand.”    In other words it’s not your job to convict others that’s God’s job.  When you start to try to convict others you are interfering with God’s business. Other Christians will have convictions that are different from your own.  Leave conviction to God.   Just because you stopped listening to certain music doesn’t give you the right to turn your nose up at your brother or sister in Christ because they still choose to listen to that music.

In the book purpose driven life Rick Warren says when you try to judge another believer four things instantly happen:

1.) You lose fellowship with God

2.) You expose your own pride and insecurity

3.) You set yourself up to be judged by God

4.) You harm the fellowship of the church

                I’ve learned to stop being critical of other people.  That’s the devils job so stop trying to do his dirty work.  Do not compare yourself to other believers.  Spending time trying to convict or compare yourselves to other believers is time wasted.  Yes, you may have been in that same place you see you brother or sister in Christ struggling with but give that to God.  Pray for them.  If you are to speak with them about it the Lord will surely make that clear to you but until then do not take matters into your own hands.  The best thing you can do for them is pray for them and be an example to them. 

                Focus your energy on building unity among Christians.  Romans 14:19 says, “Let’s agree to use all our energy in getting along with each other.  Help others with encouraging words; don’t drag them down by finding fault.”  Pay close attention to the last part of the verse “don’t drag them down by finding fault.” Remember you were living in sin not to long ago. Leave "finding fault" in others to God and continue to work on you.  Lastly, if you find yourself judging others or being tempted to judge others ask God to forgive you for trying to do his work and to help you stop judging others but to look for ways to encourage others.

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