It is always a lot easier to stand on the sidelines and take potshots than to get involved and try to help. The Bible repeatedly warns us not to criticize, compare, or condemn one another. When you judge what someone else is doing in sincere faith, you are on dangerous ground with God. “What right do you have to [judge] someone else’s servants? Only their Lord can decide if they are doing right” (CEV). Since you are not their “lord,” you need to exercise wisdom and restraint. Refuse to stand in judgment on those whose opinions differ from yours. Here Paul weighs in: “Why, then…criticize your brother’s actions, why…try to make him look small? We shall all be judged one day, not by each other’s standards or even by our own, but by the judgment of God” (Ro 14:10-11 PHPS).
Whenever you take it upon yourself to analyze, scrutinize and categorize one of God’s children, four things happen: (1) You upset their Father. (2) You display your ego and insecurity. (3) You set the standard by which you yourself will be judged. (4) You alienate people. When you get a reputation for being critical, people will avoid you like a plague. They know that if you criticize others you will criticize them too. The Bible says: “Help others with encouraging words; don’t drag them down by finding fault” (Ro 14:19 TM). Someone said, “The largest room in the world is room for improvement.” If you doubt that, look at the disciples Christ picked and promoted—then look in the mirror.
Published on Friday, December 16, 2011 @ 7:46 AM CDT