It’s not often that I hear a song that grabs me by the throat and rocks me to my core. But when I found this song below, I just had to share it!
I confess to you and everyone who reads this, that I have a real hard time tolerating some people. I find some of their actions offensive and as such I distance myself from them. Yup… I judge people. And if you’re honest, I bet you do too. Their actions make me uncomfortable. Their chosen forms of entertainment make me sickened. Their vices make me run from them.
There is plenty that I do wrong. I’m no saint. Not by a long stretch. In fact, many would call me a “judgmental ass”. That saddens me and I try to work on it every day. Not just for their comfort, but for my own walk with Jesus.
I know my actions offend Him at times. I’m not perfect nor do I claim to be. I am just as guilty of sin as any other person that I so regularly judge and distance myself from.
There is an old saying, “Don’t judge someone else just because they sin differently than you do.” That’s great advice. Advice that I find myself struggling with daily.
I do believe Christ wants us to be more like Him and I do try. I remove things (and unfortunately people) from my life that make me slide away from Christ. I guess I do it, because of the belief that not only is Christ my savior… He is my LORD. So many people proclaim Jesus as their savior. But what does it mean to recognize Him as our Lord? The word Lord is an appellation for a person or deity who has authority, control or power over others.
To call Jesus our Lord, means we have to submit to His guidance in our lives. Indeed, we should follow His rules to the best of our ability every single day.
For me that requires me to distance myself from things that separate me from Christ… things like watching R rated films; violent or morally corrupt television shows; doing business with companies that support an agenda that I find to not be Christ like; etc.
But what it does NOT do, is give me the ability or the right to judge others as human beings. Jesus calls us to love our fellow man. I have fallen short of this directive and I confess it here publicly to you and to all who read these words. While I still won’t socialize with those who continue in their deeds that make me uncomfortable, I am committed to not judging their very human worth that I have judged up to this point. It’s not my right.
I try to live my life by a very simple code of conduct… “Do what I say I will do when I say I will do it. Cause no harm to others. Show kindness and love to all who I come in contact with. Live a life that says to others, ‘That Vern… he’s a good Christian.'”
Well… I have failed in my thoughts and in my deeds when it comes to the way I have judged some people. I ask for forgiveness from not only Christ, but from anyone who has ever felt I was judging them. I am deeply sorry.
When I first heard this song, it grabbed my “by the throat” as the saying goes. It’s a very clear message that Jesus has so much love and forgiveness in His heart that He can forgive anything. I think the challenge is therefore, for me to do the same. Please pray for me as I try to become more Christ like each and every day.
I hope this song blesses you this Easter Season.