“Do not judge, or you too will be judged. For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you. Matthew 7:1-2 (NIV)
I saw something on Facebook the other day that was bothersome. I know. What a shock, right? This particular comment seemed to just strike me as terribly irresponsible and thoughtless. The comment came from a member of a certain political party, stating that if someone were in the other party, they surely were not real Christians.
Now we know, on the face of it that this statement is overly broad, incorrect, and clearly judgmental. Perhaps it was meant as simply a way to marginalize the other person and their viewpoint. Maybe it was meant to be critical and hurtful. Worse yet, maybe the writer believed it.
Brothers and sisters, such thinking and writing ought not to be. When Jesus stated that we are not to judge others lest we also be judged, I don’t think he was kidding. The only people that Jesus judged harshly were those who judged others. You can look it up. Jesus was a friend of repentant sinners, and he reserved his own judgment particularly for those who were willing to judge others’ sin. In fact, Jesus loved sinners even before they repented. That is how he came to earn their love and trust. Oh, and by the way, we all qualify as sinners.
So, let us not ever judge a person’s relationship with Jesus by their affiliation with a political party. People on both sides of the political aisle can be, and are, lovers of Jesus. If that is true (and it is), then how dare we treat our brothers and sisters the way we do sometimes because of political affiliation?
We all have our opinions, and we sometimes hold them very strongly- maybe sometimes too strongly. We all can get pretty worked up about those political beliefs too. We can all fail in this at times. But let us never put party affiliation over our first allegiance- allegiance to Jesus.
Can I get an Amen?
Prayer: Lord, you alone are judge, and you are a righteous and merciful one. Forgive us when we judge others, Amen.