• Whitney


It is so easy to blame fellow Christians; to judge others, even to judge GOD, based on the actions of members of the body.

For example:

She partied in college, therefore she has no business teaching my daughter’s Sunday school class. He bullied me in high school, he shouldn’t be leading singing on Sunday morning. I saw her at a bar last night, why is she sitting in the pew behind me this morning? If God allows him to preach his word, how can I listen to what He is trying to say? I simply cannot condone it. I will sit here, but I have heard words of hate come out of his mouth before. I refuse to listen to words of righteousness from the same vessel. I’ll play church so that I can judge instead of being judged. After all, I haven’t done anything comparable to their actions.

Church: How often do we think this way?

It’s okay if you don’t willingly admit it; it’s hard to admit. I am a firm believer that there are people in “power” positions within the body of Christ who should not be, but who am I to make this decision?

We often judge people on past mistakes. We remember back in high school when she mocked us for having braces. We remember when he got in a fight in college. We remember when they were seven and behaved terribly at church camp.

We remember who they were before they met Jesus.

We base our judgements and opinions on a person who ceases to exist.

We don’t know their struggles. We do not know their regrets or the temptation that floods their lives daily. They may see themselves in the exact same light that I described above, or they may see themselves for who they are: A Redeemed Child of God.

Throughout the Bible, we see people who have done things that we would consider unspeakable being used by God. These people were not chosen by accident, but because we are able to relate to them. Whether or not someone has grown up in church, they have a past. No two are the same, but each one impacted their decision to come to know Christ.

We should not dwell on the past, but allow for them to shape our futures into better and brighter seasons.

Let’s look at a passage in Colossians written by Paul, someone who was changed so drastically that God changed his name.

And you, who once were alienated and hostile in mind, doing evil deeds, he has now reconciled in his body of flesh by his death, in order to present you holy and blameless and above reproach before him, if indeed you continue in the faith, stable and steadfast, not shifting from the hope of the gospel that you heard, which has been proclaimed in all creation under heaven, and of which I, Paul, became a minister. Colossians 1:21-23 ESV

In these words penned by Paul, we learn that we are presented blameless and holy before him, before God, because we have been set apart from sin and now we serve him. Our past mistakes were hung on the cross; they were left in the waters of baptism. They are covered. We were once alienated and apart from God. We once did evil deeds (whatever those may have been). We have been cleansed and transformed.

Christ has made us blameless.

Blameless blame·less /ˈblāmləs/ adjective
  1. innocent of wrongdoing

Because of this, we must holdfast to our faith in him. We must choose to walk in the light daily. We will mess up, after all, we are human, but we mustn’t choose to dwell on our mistakes. We must repent, ask for forgiveness, turn completely away from them and continue running the race toward Heaven.

Stop placing blame on those he has called blameless.

Stop trying to make fellow Christians measure up to your unreachable standards. Forgive them for their transgressions. Realize that you have made mistakes as well. Know that no one is perfect. Share the love of Christ with your preacher, with your daughter’s Sunday school teacher, with the girl who is struggling through a breakup, and the mother battling a miscarriage, with the elderly man who just lost his wife of 50 years, with the boy who bullied you years ago in high school, and yes, even with the girl who was drunk last night.

Pray for all of these people because one day they may be song leaders, youth ministers, and Bible class teachers. They can be transformed by Christ and if so, He will use them and their stories as assets to build His Kingdom.

Pray that they choose to become blameless children of God.

Stop blaming and start praying.

disclaimer: the scenarios in the first paragraph do not reflect the actions of any specific person, they are simply an example created by figments of imagination.

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