Avoid godless and pointless discussions and the contradictory claims of so-called “knowledge.” 21 When some people adopted this false knowledge, they missed the goal of faith. – 1 Timothy 6: 20-21
I’m as guilty as the next person at judging others. I judge you based upon my values, my beliefs, and my knowledge. But what if I’m wrong even once in a while? Welcome the Church, the home of the holier-than-thou, where we are sure we are right and we will let you know when you’re wrong.
I’m a Christian, and I’ve had way to many of these damning encounters with other Christians to count. I try to avoid them. I grew up in the Bible-Belt, so I’ve learned how to avoid them for the most part. (That will be a blog post for another day, how to avoid judgmental religious folks.) And yes, I realize that as I try to avoid “them”, I am judging “them”, and convicting myself at the same time. (This particular form of craziness is called being “judge mental”) That being said,
The bible is not a rule book. It’s a revelation book – a book that reveals God’s love to us and for us, most fully in Jesus birth, life, death, and resurrection.
I get that rules provide good order, and good order is a good thing, but when we get caught up in who’s right and who’s wrong, or who’s more right, we’ve lost the whole point in the first place.
Our verse from above a letter of encouragement from the Apostle Paul to a young pastor, Timothy. In it, there are do’s and don’ts, but in the end, Paul closes with these words to Timothy, it’s not about right knowledge, but being loved by God, loving God back, and therefore loving and caring for others. These were wise words I needed to hear today. Convicted with grace.
Prayer: Lord, teach me to love more and judge less. It’s just so hard to love others and so easy to judge them. Amen.