Why do you pass judgment on your brother or sister? Or you, why do you despise your brother or sister? For we will all stand before the judgment seat of God.” vs. 15Romans 14:7-12
Most folks don’t seem to fear standing before the judgment seat of God. They either don’t care or they’ve come to understand the transition from life to death in a different way. Perhaps they now believe that in death they’ll be welcomed home by a loving Savior and not be subject to judgment. But that doesn’t mean we’ve stopped believing in passing judgment on each other. For one reason or another even people of faith have made judging a way of life. We’ve been trained by our culture and voracious media to openly offer opinions and judgments about others at the click of a button. And we seem to enjoy doing it! We feast on half-baked rumors and outright lies, and take delight in passing along the most salacious stories we can find. What’s particularly sad about all this is that all these things that we’re bent out of shape about will be gone at the end of the next news cycle. In the long run most of the things we get so hot and bothered about won’t make any difference at all. Of course some things do matter. When the poor are being discounted and the environment threatened we have an obligation to pass judgment. In the wisdom of God perhaps we will learn when to keep silent and when to speak!
Thought for the Day: What sparks judgment in my heart?