“I’m Sorry I Let You Down Ma’am”

Jesus told us, “Judge not that ye be not judged” (Matt. 7:1).  But, that sure doesn’t keep us from judging others, does it?
Last night, Holli and I were watching the movie “Walk the Line.” In the movie there is a scene where June Carter Cash is in a store in West Virginia. A store employee spots her and speaks to her. Then, the lady says, “Your Momma and Daddy were good Christian people… You are divorced. Divorce is an abomination to God… Marriage is forever.”
Hearing this, June Carter Cash responds, “I’m sorry I let you down, ma’am.”
Talk about a punch in the gut! “Your Momma and Daddy were good Christian people… but you… well, you went through a divorce and you are scum.”
Don’t misunderstand me… I’m not advocating divorce. But, this lady is WAY wrong to judge June Carter as she did.
Jesus told us not to judge others yet, judging is probably one of the most frequent sins committed by Christians. Listen folks, none of us are perfect. We have all made mistakes. The lady who worked in the store… she was judging June Carter when the lady was filled with pride herself.
Jesus said, “He who is without sin, cast the first stone” (John 8:7).   We need to stop throwing stones. Now, does that mean we don’t say anything about sin? No. There are times when sin has to be gently confronted. But we shouldn’t look forward to it and sometimes, it seems Christians do.
Today, let’s all sweep around our own door-step. Instead of judging others, let’s encourage others.

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