Matt 7:1 Judge not, that ye be not judged.
I went into my normal barbershop last week. However, I did something different. I went to a different barber. I tend to go to the same one(s) to ensure some sort of consistency. The barber I went to on this day was far from the “normal” barbers I use. She had more tattoos and earrings than I could count. Not only that, her hair was colored differently throughout with several loud colors. I’ve seen her before and she struck me as being a little snobby. Well, I need to confess. I misJUDGEd her.
She asked me, “What are you reading?” I was surprised. I thought she was going to simply cut my hair and go about her way. That wasn’t the case. She said, “I see you a lot and you’re always reading.” Yes, another shock. I told her I was reading Charles Darwin’s Origin of Species. I explained that it’s difficult to agree or refute something that I don’t know about. Plus, how can I advise our congregation unless I’m willing to look at opposing views? Lastly, I can now learn how to talk to an evolutionist and show them what we believe as creationist. That got her attention. However, she was uncertain of the difference between evolution and creation. She had an idea but simply wasn’t certain. She opened up and we talked like we were old friends. We talked about her struggles and successes as a single mother. She had a lot, I mean a lot, of questions about living a Christian life. It was one of the most fulfilling conversations that I’ve had in a long time.
Why did I write this post? Good question. We don’t know who is looking at us. We don’t know who is waiting to hear the word of God. Opportunities are waiting for us to take them by the horns. My thoughts about this woman were way off. The shame is mine. Not hers. I didn’t think that I would judge someone. She taught me that I still have a lot to learn. Yet she also allowed me to be able to share with her, and everyone in listening range, the word of God.
I guess this is the point where I defend myself and convince you that I wasn’t “judging” but merely making an “observation”. Well, that’s not going to happen. Lets keep it simple. Please be better than me. Don’t judge. I’ve provided you an excellent example of how not to act. It would have been regrettable if I’d have lost a great opportunity to share Christ and encourage another Christian! God called us to share His word and His love. He’s the only righteous One. He’s the only Judge.
Live like Christ….He’s our standard!