The Gospel – Tue – 22-12-13

Have you noticed that many adults act with the emotional maturity of children? This seems especially true on social media. Finger pointing, accusations and name calling are posted with the fury and frequency of spoiled kids arguing on the playground.

We also see this behavior in politics. I often suspect that when a politician accuses his or her opponent of some low deed, they’re just trying to divert attention from their own guilty behavior. It reminds me of Romans 2:1-3, “You, therefore, have no excuse, you who pass judgment on someone else, for at whatever point you judge the other, you are condemning yourself, because you who pass judgment do the same things. Now we know that God’s judgment against those who do such things is based on truth.  So when you, a mere man, pass judgment on them and yet do the same things, do you think you will escape God’s judgment?”

We always find it easy to point out the sins of other people, don’t we? But as the old saying goes, when you point a finger at someone else, three fingers point back at you. The gospel message is that even good people are guilty before God. But God is tolerant and patient. As verse 4 says, God’s kindness leads us toward repentance. Today, replace any desire to judge others with thanksgiving for the kindness of God.

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