We’ve all seen it.  The big name who has been ranting and raving against what they consider to be a major sin, only to have the story break that he/she has been indulging in it all along.  One big example that came out a few years ago is Ted Haggard.  You can read about his scandal here.  The problem is that these are not rare occurrences.  Christians have a long history of committing the sins they are railing against.  In fact, it goes all the way back to the first century.

You may think you can condemn such people, but you are just as bad, and you have no excuse!  When you say they are wicked and should be punished, you are condemning yourself, for you who judge others do these very same things (Romans 2:1).

Why do we do that?  I guess it’s just easier to point out another person’s sin than it is to deal with our own.  Now there are healthy ways of addressing when an individual sins against you – that’s not what I’m talking about here.  You may remember the post from a couple weeks ago about Conflict Resolution.  That’s how we are to handle individuals who sin against us personally.  How do we handle the large scale sin of a group of people?  Why do we think we should?  Why do we take on that responsibility – to judge and condemn?

That’s the problem, though, isn’t it?  Too many Christians take it upon themselves to judge and condemn other people – people they don’t even know.  And then they wonder why nobody comes to church on Sunday morning.  There needs to be a change.  We need to be doing something different.  Instead of condemning people for their sin, we need to love them in spite of it… you know, like what Jesus did.  Jesus never said that sin was okay.  He just loved the people in spite of their sin.  That’s how lives are changed – not through judgement and condemnation but through love and acceptance.

We have to remember something very important: God is the judge, we are not.  When we decide to stand in judgement against other people, condemning them for their own sins, while forgetting about ours, we try to assume God’s role.  I’d much rather allow God to be God, and simply try to introduce them to Him.  What about you?