Sunday, October 5, 2014
~ "Righteous judgement..."
Learning righteous judgement...wow, there's a thought! What exactly is a righteous judgement? If you read the entire chapter in Psalms, it is eye opening.
Verse 4: "Thou hast commanded us to keep thy precepts diligently." Verse 8: "I will keep thy statutes: O forsake me not utterly." Continue on and today's message will make a lot more sense. It's time for a change in all the judgements we make (and remembering that those who teach/preach are held to a higher standard - James 3:1).
We know that sin is sin, regardless of what type of sin it is. A sin of omission is the same in the eyes of God as the sin of commission. What we do, what we don't do - it's all the same. Who makes the decision that one sin is greater than another? Who makes the decision to turn away one sinner and welcome and praise another? Who determines who has a pure heart and who has a sinful heart? Who makes the rules? God makes the rules!
When we, as humans, as Christians, make excuses for our fellow sinners excusing the sin itself and applauding the actions of the sinner by saying they have "made a mistake", we are enabling them to continue making that same mistake over and over. When the argument that sinner has made is found to be, in fact, a lie, and we continue to excuse it without any repercussion, what does that say about our "church" or our "pastor"? When our "pastor" condemns one sin and applauds another, what does that say about our choice to be a part of that "church"?
"And if any man obey not our words by this epistle, note that man and have no company with him so that he may be ashamed." (2 Thes 3:14) Righteous judgement pertains to all Christians and there is no room for "favorites" in God's law.