Judge Not!

April 13, 2018

 

Note – Most of the post below is comprised of variations of quotes I’ve seen on social media.  In many cases, only the names/subjects have been altered for maximum irony.

 

Since the focus of this blog is the restoration of the conservative worldview in the Republican party, I don’t often digress into my religious convictions.  But, as a practicing evangelical Christian, I have been appalled at a certain political trend within the American evangelical community that I strongly feel compelled to address.  I dare not keep silent any longer for fear I’d be guilty of acquiescing to this sacrilegious behavior.

 

I’m speaking, of course, of those believers who disobey Christ’s command to “judge not” by publicizing the shortcomings of our elected officials.  You know who you are.  You believers from laymen to the mega-church pastors busily proselytizing your gospel of HATE on social media by denouncing some supposed sordid sexual scandal or accusation of someone caught in a lie.  It seems like some “Christians” spend their day just hoping our leaders do something wrong so they can tell everyone they know.

 

In Matthew 7:1-5 Jesus tells us very adamantly NOT to judge.  He knows no one is without sin—even you!  Yes, even you, self-righteous believer!  I sin, you sin, we all sin.  Maybe you could sing that last bit to the tune of I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream.  It’d be easier for you to remember.

 

I am so tired of these hypocritical better-than-you so-called “Christian” evangelicals constantly judging others for their sins.  Hypocrites!  Who are you to judge, to bring some railing accusation against the shortcomings of others?  The Word says to remove the beam from you own eye, not get all carried away with the spec in your brother’s eye!  The Word says there are NONE righteous.  No.  Not.  One.

 

Don’t you know God appoints our leaders?  He does.  The Bible is very clear that God Himself appoints our leaders.  Sure, they’re not perfect, but if you have a problem with the leaders God has appointed for us it sounds like you have a problem with God Himself!  Beware, the Bible says to not touch the Lord’s anointed (Psalms 105:15).

 

There are so many examples of this hypocrisy I couldn’t possibly list them all, but here are some of the worst I’ve seen:

 

President Bill Clinton is a very religious man.  He could quote scriptures with the best of them.  As a child he walked a mile alone to attend a Baptist church.  He is a bona fide Southern Baptist.

 

That’s right, a Southern Baptist.  But what do so many Baptists have to say about him today?  They accuse him of being a liar, an adulterer, and a sexual predator.  Do you know who has the nickname the Accuser of the Brethren?  Satan!  Do you know what Jesus said when the so-called “religious” people of His day brought a woman caught in adultery and asked if they should stone her to death?  He said, “He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her.”  Those aren’t my words, those are Jesus’ words!  The Bible couldn’t be any clearer than that!  When people cast their stones of judgment at Bill Clinton, where do you stand?  With Satan or with Jesus?

 

I have news for all you quick-to-judge hypocrites out there who go on and on about Bill Clinton’s so-called womanizing: God isn’t as much of a nitpicking busybody as you’d like to think He is.  Have you ever heard of King David?  The Bible said he was a man after God’s own heart.  Wow!  What did he do to earn a title like that?  He must have been some super-saint, right?  Wrong!  He did far worse than Bill Clinton ever did.  Ever hear of Bathsheba?  That’s the woman David lusted after.  He had a child with her while she was married to another man named Uriah.  Think that’s bad?  There’s more.  Not only did he sleep with a married woman, he went so far as to make sure her husband died in battle to try to cover it up.

 

I think that if CNN and Fox News had been around when King David was alive he would have been impeached, just as Clinton was.  But God makes Kings; He appoints our leaders.  His plans are larger than yours.  But here you are, calling Bill Clinton names like liar and cheater and adulterer and whatever else enters your heart of stone.  God called David a man after His own heart, and he did far worse than Clinton.  And yet so many Bible-thumpers today just want to focus on that one little thing where they find fault.  Just like the children of Israel murmuring and complaining on their journey to the Promised Land, you just aren’t satisfied with what God provides.  Unbelievable!

 

And while we’re on the subject of Bill Clinton, what about his wife?  She was quoting scripture in her concession speech but some of you can’t shut up about how you think she’s such a sore loser.  LOCK HER UP you shout!  Where’s the mercy?  Where’s the grace?  Where’s the love?  We can’t claim to know what’s in someone else’s heart, only God can know.  She will be judged by God just like we all will, so stop trying to judge her here on earth.

 

And then you go on about spewing hatred about things like Benghazi, and her private server, and alleged crimes and corruptions so numerous I doubt you could even keep them all straight.  Well, you know what, none of that matters because it all happened BEFORE she even ran for President!  Why should we care about what she was doing in her private life before she ran for office?  Why is that any of your business?

 

You know who else Christians love to chide for the things he did BEFORE he became president?  Barack Obama.  That’s right, most of what so many Christians find fault with—his dealings with Bill Ayers, his Communist mentor, his pastor, Jeremiah Wright—all happened BEFORE he was ever sworn into office.  It’s not anyone’s business what he did before he was president.  Period.  Who he had meetings with, or any wrongdoings.  It’s life, and he’s a human just like you.  Don’t worry about what’s in the past.  Worry about what he’s doing now.  Or, better yet, worry about your own life.

 

Some of you—and you know who you are—reach as far back into his past as possible to find some wrong.  You claim he wasn’t a natural-born citizen—that his birth certificate was a forgery and that he was actually born in Kenya.  Fools!  You just don’t get it do you?  Of course there’s no truth to it!  He was playing the media like a fool and let them think all this and they fell for it—they and you, apparently.  While he was busy giving us change you can believe in, you and the corrupt media were distracted by his brilliant strategy—and you bought it hook, line, and sinker!

 

I could talk all day about how hypocritical Christians just want to bash the Clintons and Obama and so many others and point out the specks in their brother’s eye instead of removing the beam from their own eye, but what’s the point?  Hypocrites will indulge in their hypocrisy; he which is filthy, let him be filthy still (Revelation 22:11).  If Jesus and the Word of God can’t convince them to stop judging others, I’m certainly not going to be able to do so!

 

No one is beyond forgiveness; no one is beyond redemption; no one is so far gone that they cannot be retrieved.  Noah, Rahab, David, Mathew, Saul—these were all people that had transgressions in their past and unlikely people, so it would seem, for God to use to accomplish His will.  Who's to say the Clinton’s and Obama aren’t trying to better themselves?  Who are we to judge?  Who are we to cast stones?

 

My prayer is that all these self-righteous “Christians” will see how foolish and hypocritical they have been.  With God all things are possible.  He could even soften their cold hearts of judgment and condemnation.  Who knows, perhaps some day we’ll finally have a president who’s “perfect” enough for their tastes that they’ll actually have the good sense to support his good intentions rather than judge his wicked deeds!

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