Matthew 7:2–God will be as hard on you as you are on others! He will treat you exactly as you treat them. (CEV)
Ummm….YIKES! Seriously, I just realized the severity of this verse. I will be treated as hard as I treat others. (Time to start being nicer)
I am a very judgmental person by nature. Like really, all the personality tests and right brain/left brain tests all say that I am judgmental. I have a strong sense of right and wrong. My inner circle will totally agree to the fact that I have strong opinions about many things (and all too often, many people).
Over time, I have been noticing more and more that our access to social media has been a platform for people to engage in “witch hunts.” Sadly, this is happening all too often within Christianity. We are SO quick to jump on fellow ministers that we don’t agree with.
This person has too many “feel-good” sermons.
This person is too harsh.
This person is sexist.
This person is too liberal.
We are quick to try to publicly discredit anyone we don’t personally align with. We get people in our camp. The retweets happen, the blogs about blogs about blogs happen. Word by nasty word, we tear each other down. We justify our actions by saying we are trying to “save the world” from their wrongful teaching and shady ways.
Newsflash…these actions are doing so much more harm than good. They show the world of unbelievers that Christians are not living what we preach. The Bible warns us that God will treat us like we treat others. It’s time to put a stop to tearing each other down. If a fellow minister is doing/saying something you don’t agree with, the best thing you can do is pray for them.
There are many churches/pastors/ministries that are not my cup of tea, but I am not going to deny that God is using them in ways that I never could. I don’t need everyone to subscribe to my “version” of Christianity. I don’t need everyone to like the books I read or think my church is the best. More importantly, I don’t need to try to convert people away from an article, sermon, a blog post, ministry that I don’t agree with.
I want my life to be known for building up others. Join me.