Jesus Christ Himself never looked down on anyone, in fact the only ones He continually called out were those who pretended to be holier than the Holy One Himself. Those who held positions to make themselves greater, not to make God greater, Jesus said in Mathew 23:4 They tie up heavy, cumbersome loads and put them on other people’s shoulders, but they themselves are not willing to lift a finger to move them. Those are the ones that Jesus continued to speak harshly too, the Pharisees, the holy men of the time, those that kept people from knowing God and refused to lead them to a relationship with God.
So why do we find so many Christians today, being like the Pharisees, judging others just because they sin differently than them? Why do some people think that the right answer is to carry “Turn or Burn” signs, or post hate messages, or preach hate messages, as Christians we are called to make disciples by being Christ like. Do we really think that is how Christ acted? If so, you probably missed the conversation with the Samaritan woman at the well, or dinner with the tax collectors, or the 3 years he spent with “the least of these”.
In Mark 2:16-17 we read, when the teachers of the law who were Pharisees saw him eating with the sinners and tax collectors, they asked his disciples: “Why does he eat with tax collectors and sinners?”On hearing this, Jesus said to them, “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners.”
So why is it that many Christians choose to be anything but Christ like? Why when we have the perfect example of truth and love coming together, do so many of us refuse to speak the truth in love? It seems that some of us would rather speak the truth with no love, which just shows that we think we know better than God which is arrogance (Sin according to Proverbs 16:5) and then we ridicule (Sin according to Proverbs 24:9) others for their sins.
Who, other than God himself, can rate sin on a moving scale? Please share with me where in the Bible it says that one sin is different, greater or worse in the eyes of God.
In John 13:35-36 Jesus gives us a new commandment to judge one another, no wait, to harass one another, no that’s not it either, to condemn one another, to be like the Pharisees, nope, that’s definitely not it, let’s hear exactly what Jesus really said: “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”
And Paul again reminds us in 1 Corinthians 13:13: And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love. So you can choose to judge, harass, condemn and be like the Pharisees, but for me, I will choose love.