I am tired of the whole controversy surrounding the comments of Phil Robertson. Honestly, I do not follow the show. But, I did read Phil’s comments, and I found them to be crass and insensitive. I have too much going on in my life to spend time watching or reading material that is not inherently uplifting, regardless of it’s correctness.
I know a man who professes Christ as Lord and savior, he lives a life of service, regularly helping the poor and needy, is honest and cheerful, and he lives in a long standing same sex relationship. I know another man who professes Christ as Lord and savior, he lives a life of service regularly helping the poor and needy, has been married for 15 years, and he goes to stripper clubs and commits adultery.
“Do not judge others, and you will not be judged. For you will be treated as you treat others. The standard you use in judging is the standard by which you will be judged. And why worry about a speck in your friend’s eye when you have a log in your own? How can you think of saying to your friend, ‘Let me help you get rid of that speck in your eye,’ when you can’t see past the log in your own eye? Hypocrite! First get rid of the log in your own eye; then you will see well enough to deal with the speck in your friend’s eye.” Matthew 7:1-5 NLTse
Hmm. Seems to me Jesus has not left judgment up to us. But let’s just say for one minute that He has. I fear that the church today will condemn the former sinner and forgive the latter. This is just pure hypocrisy.
Either condemn none or condemn both. And if we do condemn both, then let’s make sure we include all sin in that battering list to prove our own righteousness. How about envy? Gluttony? Hatred? How about arrogance? How about the words spoken against another person with different political beliefs? Or economic beliefs? Remember, “For everyone has sinned; we all fall short of God’s glorious standard.” Romans 3:23 NLTse.
Here’s the 2014 challenge. In all that we say and do, help others to see God’s Grace and Love:
“All who believe in him are made right with God.” Romans 10:4.