Monday, 01 October 2012
Society has come to the conclusion that every Christian is “judgmental,” but from what I see everybody in society is judgmental. It's not just Christians, its people of all faiths or who have no faith at all that seem to be pointing the finger and spouting their own opinions off. Mother Theresa was right when she said, “If we judge people, we have no time to love them.” And that is true. Can we recognize that the things that people do are wrong? Yes, but instead of hating them, we should love them.
For example, from the latest news, Lindsay Lohan was a victim of abuse. She invited a guy named Christian Labella to her hotel and he attacked her. I think if Lindsay Lohan were by herself she could of been killed or raped.
What do you think commenters wrote? They said that Lindsay Lohan was an idiot for inviting some stranger to her room. And they were right, she did make an unwise decision, but nobody showed mercy, love or compassion in their posts. Instead they said “she's getting what she deserves!” Honestly, is that the kind of people we are today? And these aren't comments coming from only Christians (at least I hope not) these are coming from people of all religions or none at all!
So my view is Christians are not the only judgmental people around. Everybody seems to be judge. Just look on what people write in their response to online news articles, and see the comments people post on YouTube. If we are all honest, we can't pinpoint one religion or one sect of people as being judgmental I think it's all of us.
That is why we need a Savior. It's alright to say that what somebody does is wrong. God gave us the ability to judge, the problem lies within how we are using those abilities. Are we expressing hatred and neglecting love? Are we forgetting to exercise our ability to love and overlook faults even though the person is a sinner? I think in the case of Lindsay Lohan, regardless of her unwise decisions, she was the victim and people overlooked that fact because they were so busy judging her lifestyle as a person. Yet what they don't know is how she probably cries every night she goes to sleep, how empty she is inside and how she's probably crying out for help.
Maybe today, we won't judge people. We don't have to support every single thing they do, but we must remember that before we became believers in Christ we lived the same lifestyle as they did. We were lost and without hope like the Bible tells us so we must remember how they're feeling, how they don't know any better and how they are lost without Christ and maybe that will help us love them more.
I'd also like to encourage every Christian or whoever believes in God to pray for Lindsay Lohan and not just her but other stars and starlets who are in desperate need of their Savior.
Do you think our society is suffering from a judgment epidemic? Where do Christians fit into this problem? How can we change our behavior -- online and offline -- to be less judgmental and more approachable?