I like to yell, a lot. Whether it’s at bad drivers on the road, the TV (the last episode of Gossip Girl was nuts), or myself, I have a high octave, and I enjoy showing it off. Literally twenty minutes ago, I caught myself yelling at an illegally parked car, with nobody inside. I may or may not have commented on the testicular fortitude (or lack thereof) of the driver, but that’s not really important…
I say all of this to make a point. Lately, it’s become aware to me that as Christians, we say a lot of things under the guise of being spiritual, when in fact we’re just glorifying ourselves. It’s almost like we feel like we can add “In Jesus’ name” to the end of our sentences, and walk away with a warm gushy feeling of knowing that we made something spiritual. I realize that this may be a hard concept to explain, so I’ve prepared a few examples so that you can grasp the point I’m trying to make. Here we go:
- Listen, you look fat in that dress. I would look better… In Jesus’ name.
- I don’t like that person, I’m pretty sure they’re a heathen… In Jesus’ name.
- I don’t understand why they won’t listen to me, I know so much more than they do… In Jesus’ name.
- Umm, it’s a bit of a mood killer when you’re drunk and crying. So, umm, could you please stop? In Jesus name.
- #$%^ #$@##$ to #$%^#$ &%^#!!! … In Jesus’ name?
I realize that those are exaggerated examples (Especially the last one, hopefully). But you need to understand that with extreme accessibility of Bible studies, biblically themed speeches and videos, and books on the topic of Biblical spirituality, we’ve come into this idea that these things have given us some platform, from which we may share judgment. By doing this, we have single-handedly removed the idea of grace from our life, and that’s scary.
Check this out:
“For the LORD gives wisdom, and from his mouth come knowledge and understanding.” – Proverbs 2:6
“Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear the LORD and shun evil. This will bring health to your body and nourishment to your bones.” – Proverbs 3:7-8
The Creator of the universe, the One who orchestrates everything that happens in this world, speaks knowledge and understanding. If we’re supposed to emulate him, then why do we do such a horrible job at looking out for others, but a great job of glorifying ourselves? Not only that, if we believe that Jesus Christ has forgiven us of all of our sins (1 John 1:9), then why do we not extend the same grace to others? By judging others after we have been cleansed of our sins, aren’t we just trying to hang Christ on the cross again?
Because you may be speaking truth, straight from the Word of God, but if you’re doing it to spite someone or just to make yourself feel better, then you’re no better than the homeless man that asks for money for food when all he really wants is a nice cold beer (Oh, wait, we’re supposed to love and help the homeless, aren’t we? Woops)”
Today, I hope that you can find someone to share the love of Christ with… Not your judgment, but Christ’s love.
… In Jesus’ name.