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Thursday, October 13, 2011

A Call to Blog

I feel like I need to go off topic here and stray from all of the posts that have already been written and make one point very clear. This blog is meant as an encouragement for Christian moms based on Scriptural teachings.If you are not a Christian this blog is probably just not going to make sense to you. And guess what that is FINE! There are hundreds of blogs out there that have a message for you. This just may not be it. I have no problems with people disagreeing with what is posted in this blog, but my beliefs are not based on someone's opinions of what I have to say.That being said, to my Christian mothers I have a major word of encouragement that I feel can come out of the recent comments I have been getting and thank you to all of you who have encouraged me through this!

Have you ever heard the Metallica song "Holier than Thou" in which the phrase "Judge not lest ye be judged" is repeated over and over? Has anyone noticed that this has become the battle cry of our culture? It is their "proof" that Christians are supposed to accept their sin, and the sad thing is some Christians have begun to believe it themselves because it has become such a prevelant thought.
Yes, it is true that scripture says, "Judge not or you will also be judged." Matthew 7:1. But like most other scriptures thrown around by non-believers it begins and ends there. If you continue to read you will soon stumble upon verse 5 in which Jesus said, "You, hypocrite, first remove the plank from your own eye and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother's eye." Jesus, never told us not to judge, he told us to judge rightly. He told us not to judge out of hypocritical thoughts or self-righteousness. In fact there are many other verses that instruct us on how we are to judge. Matthew 7:15-16, John 7:24, 1 Corinthians 5:9, 2 Corinthians 11:13-15, Philippians 3:2, 1 John 4:1, and 1 Thessalonians 5:21 all exhort believers to judge other people. As I once heard it said, we are called to judge consistently not hypocritically, with humility not superiority, with facts not assumptions, to judge words and deeds not motives or intents, biblical issues not personal preferences, temporal matters not eternal ones (salvation), and with the intention to direct others to Christ.

The problem is when a Christian speaks the truth it is viewed two different ways based on if the person is a believer or not. According to 1 Corinthians 2:15-16 believers are to be of the same mind, and that is to be the mind of Christ. Therefore we are to judge eachother. However, when talking among Christians who are at different walks in their faith it can be a slippery slope, so let's just remember here that these are scriptural truths and not my own opinions. Nothing I say comes out of my own pride (or even means that I do it all perfectly). It is just an encouragement to remind us all about what it means to be a Christian and what our lives can be about if we follow our calling through him. We cannot continue our spiritual journey if we don't recognize the stumbling blocks we have in our path. We have to be able to call to attention our faults so that God can come in a perform a good work in us.

Truth on the flip-side to a non-Christian will most likely always be seen as judgement because a non-Christian has no foundation to base these truths upon. In fact, there is specific scripture that speaks to judging a non-Christian. I Corinthians 5:12-13 says, "What business is it of mine to judge the outside church? Are you not to judge the inside? God will judge those outside. You expel the wicked person from among you." WOW. Can we just take a minute to let that sink in. This is the exact reason why this blog is devoted to fellow believers. We are called to certain standards and reminding eachother of those standards and encouraging our fellow believers to uphold these standards is very important. It is also pretty impossible when you are trying to get the standards of Christians and non-Christians to line up. It will never happen. In fact in Matthew 7:6 right after he speaks of removing our own planks Jesus warns us to beware of "dogs" and "pigs" that we do not waste our time giving them the knowledge of God. Why? As a lovely woman once said, "Getting a non-believer to understand scripture is like trying to send a fax to a person who doesn't have a fax machine. It doesn't matter how life saving the fax is or how often you send it there is nothing on the other end to receive it."

The reason we cannot speak truth to a non-believer is simple. It is all based on our guidelines for judging others. They will always see it as hypocrisy since we Christians do mess up. They will always feel we are approaching them with a sense of surperiority rather than humility because the world's view of humility is very different than the Biblical teaching. (Humility is not about making yourself less than what you are, it's about recognizing your power comes from the Lord and recognizing the abilities and resposibilities that come from that power.) They will always feel we are judging through our own opinions since they do not believe the Scriptures to be truth. They will always feel we are judging their motives rather than their actions because they do not know how to seperate the two.
They believe our Biblical views are our personal preferences rather than actual facts. They cannot recognize the judging of a sin, but not the sinner. In fact 1 Corinthians 2:14 says, "but the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them because they are spiritually discerned."

Am I saying that this blog is all about judging Christians? Absolutely not! But at the times when you find yourself thinking with that mindset I want you to remember these Biblical Truths. Do not allow Satan to come into your heart and turn words of encouragement into condemnation. But most importantly do not let the allegations of judgement keep you from speaking the truth.


  1. I think the thing that stands out to me is, as a Christian, our goal should be Christ like. Christ like in all we do. You made this clear. In parenting, if you try to be Christ like, many things will become easier because we approach it different. I've seen you mention that yes you have hard days, yes it CAN get tough, but if we try to view things while remembering that God gave us patience, kindness, gentleness, self control, being a mother on those tough days will see a little less overwhelming. Your posts have made me remember to slow down and try my best to live to please God in ALL I do, especially in being a mother. No one will deny that things get though, I don't think your denying that at all, right? We Ll sin, we all do things we later realize we shouldnt have said, done, acted. But remembering our gifts given to us by God will help us succeed in living closer to Christ.

  2. I don't think the Christians who have made comments at all meant its not a big deal to sin or make excuses. Our focus should not be on how well we PERFORM as a parent, wife, etc. Its because of his love and grace we are able to love others. To Him be the glory. Our identity does not come from how we perform. Thank goodness. We all mess up and have discouraging days. We live in a messed up place. However, our Papa can meet our every need. So, lets encourage one another by being honest and vulnerable. Father is not concerned at how well we parent but the matters of our hearts. When we come to know Him and His glorious truth we are able to choose Him over our own flesh. We also have to be careful not to take His word out of context. Lets come together and pray for all the moms out there who are hurting or struggling. I also don't believe a mother is not a strong Christian or at the right place with Father if they "mess" up. May we come to know our identity is in YOU. When we deal with the pain that cripples us then we are able to truly love ourselves and others. We begin to choose Him instead of responding out of our pain. Thank you Jesus for loving us unconditionally. It is all about you Lord.

  3. "If you continue to read you will soon stumble upon verse 5 in which Jesus said, "You, hypocrite, first remove the plank from your own eye and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother's eye." Jesus, never told us not to judge, he told us to judge rightly."

    Have you removed the plank from your eye? I know I haven't, so I can't judge, not even through the power of the Holy Spirit, because until the last day, I'm captive to sin, just like every other believer in Christ. I die to it every day, just like all other believers. I don't use that as an excuse to sin, I just recognize that no matter how hard I try, I will NEVER be able to remove that plank from my eye. Only Jesus can do that on the last day.

    Also, we're called to make disciples of all nations, so I think if you write off non-Christians and say this blog isn't for them, you're missing a part your calling. God works in mysterious ways, and perhaps is leading non-Christians to read what you have to say and feel the Holy Spirit move within themselves.

    Anyone can find scriptures to justify what they have to say, but when a person lets the scriptures speak to them with an open heart and mind, that is when the powerful message of the Good News comes to us.

  4. It is not about "performance". But our actions speak to our faith. We should be living our lives in such a way that others take notice of the difference. I am inhabited by the Holy Spirit and my actions should reflect that Spirit and not natural man. This is not a performance, it is a lifestyle.

    I can say honestly through Christ that there is no plank in my eye. The Spirit reveals to His believers that are seeking Him what areas of their lives need work and healing. I openly admit my own failures and struggles and do not pretend to be perfect. Everything that I write reflects how I am with my children and my own family. There is nothing that I encourage others to do, that I do not strive to do myself.


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