Judgmentalism in Disguise

There’s comfort for every situation in scripture. Romans 14 reminds me not to get caught up in the game of wrong or right. Of course there are times when its necessary to defend truth. So how do we know when we should stand and fight and when we should let it go?

One way we can determine this is by intent of the heart. Only God knows a persons true intent but that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t be open to giving people the benefit of the doubt. We’re to be at peace as much as is possible with us.

Is it possible the person has only good intentions? If so, let it go. Will it do more harm than good to try and “win”? If so, let it go. Will letting it go harm another person? If not, let it go. Does it change the gospel message? If not, let it go.

I don’t know if it was God’s original intent for us all to be so different. I know He intended for us to be individuals. I believe the fall has driven us to the point of seeing things so differently that we sometimes despise our differences.

The Word of God commands us to change our thinking. As followers of Christ we can’t base our thoughts, words, or deeds simply on what we “feel” is right or wrong. We must check our attitudes with His Word. Sometimes our attempts at righteousness are nothing more than us being judgmental in disguise.

Has someone “wronged” you?

Is it time to let it go?

10 But why dost thou judge thy brother? or why dost thou set at nought thy brother? for we shall all stand before the judgment seat of Christ. 11 For it is written, As I live, saith the Lord, every knee shall bow to me, and every tongue shall confess to God. 12 So then every one of us shall give account of himself to God.
(Romans 14:10-12)

About robertkennedymitchell

Christian. Husband. Dad. Pastor.
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One Response to Judgmentalism in Disguise

  1. Great quote: “As followers of Christ we can’t base our thoughts, words, or deeds simply on what we “feel” is right or wrong.” Our emotions can often lead us astray. We need to be led by the Holy Spirit, not just our feelings.

    I like this definition: “Emotional reasoning is a cognitive process by which a person concludes that his/her emotional reaction proves something is true, regardless of the observed evidence.”

    I wrote a short essay (750 words) called “Three Traits of Judgmental People.” If you would like to read it, I am open to any feedback: https://christopherjohnlindsay.wordpress.com/2016/10/30/three-traits-of-judgmental-people/

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