When we look back on the actual events that occurred around the crucifixion, we want to think that we would not have been like the Pharisees. We think that we would not have been like them, and that we would have realized that Jesus was the Messiah. We would not have crucified Him,…but we did.
It was our sin that nailed Jesus to the cross. Anyone who thinks that he/she is without sin is a liar. The only perfect one was Jesus, and He was crucified.
No matter how good we think that we are, we are as filthy rags when compared to the Holy God that we serve. We have absolutely no room to judge others.
do we think that we are when we judge others who are seeking Jesus? Who do we think that we are when we say that someone is not fit to come into the House of God? When people seek Jesus, it is because they don’t know Him. They don’t know the unspoken rules of religion. They may come dressed in what we deem inappropriate.
These folks are not doing this to upset the religious sect. They are doing this because they don’t know. That is why they are there! They want to know Jesus! Do not throw the baby out with the bath water!!
We are to accept others as they are when they come seeking Jesus. It may be hard to do, but do it! See past the outside into the inside and see the hurting person who is seeking Jesus! Love them where they are!!!! It is our place to accept them where they are in spite of their past? They are looking for the answer, and we can show them the way!!!
Everyone has a past, and everyone has a few skeletons in the closet. I feel quite certain that most of us would not want our sins to be broadcast in front of everyone. We all messed up. We all have sinned.
However, there is hope for all of us. That hope is in Jesus. We are not to look back at our past, but we are to look forward to our destiny in Him.
When someone asks Jesus into his/her life, it is not our place to judge them. God is the one true judge, and only He knows the content of the heart.
We are not to be like the Pharisees and throw stones at each other.
Let’s give everybody else the benefit of the doubt. Maybe they really have changed.
After all, at one time, others were probably thinking those same condemning thoughts of you.
Let us love one another with the love of Christ. Let us come together in one accord. Let us pray for another and lift each other up.
If we fall into discord, we are falling into the enemy’s hands. We certainly don’t want to be joining forces with the enemy.
Let us not gossip about each other. Let us live in peace one with another, and let us love with the heart of Christ.
Let us not see the color of the skin or the sinful past, but let us see our brother or sister in Christ as Jesus sees them, and let us see what they can become in Christ.
Now that is the way to love. Love as Christ loves.
Anyone who has ever come into contact with Jesus was changed. Let others see the change in us and may they want what we have. May they want to know Jesus because they see the effects of Him in us.
Jan Allbritton is a Diboll resident who teaches at St. Cyprian’s Episcopal School.