Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Was Jesus a snob who judged people?

Came across this image on Facebook, and had to comment.

This was my response

It is true that Jesus was called a friend of sinners by the religious men of his time. He showed kindness and forgiveness to the woman caught in adultery mentioned in John 7:53-8, still he did tell her to leave her life of sin.

Another time the lack of respect for a place of prayer and worship made Jesus angry as found in Mark 11:15-19. From getting my Bible out and checking up on that, I gather that Jesus was not a snob, but the most humble to the point that He died on the cross for people who struggle with sins including the sin of pride. I also see him as someone who did judge, though he judged perfectly as he could see the hearts of men.

While some people who call themselves "Christians" are not truly following Christ or allowing Christ to change them and use them, true Christians understand that they are recovering sinners in need of a savior. Some of us needing more recovery than others ;/

Sometimes people use the "don't judge me" card as an excuse to remain in their sins with no desire to change, when Jesus asks us to leave our life of sin. We all need to remember that there will be a day when we will all be judged before the throne of God and every knee will bow and tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord.

"For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each one may receive what is due for what he has done in the body, whether good or evil." 2 Cor. 5:10.

So while we should not be quick to throw the first stone, in love we need to be faithful to the gospel and warn people of the judgement to come.