Today’s Scrip-Bit 24 June 2009 Romans 2:1‏

Romans 2:1     Therefore thou art inexcusable, O man, whosoever thou art that judgest: for wherein thou judgest another, thou condemnest thyself; for thou that judgest doest the same things.
 
Oh Friends, thankfully the last two days are over. I’ve been longing for summer, but now that it’s here, I don’t know if I can handle the heat. After rushing around in the early morning to purchase stuff for my mother, then waiting a couple hours while my car tire and A/C were repaired, I headed across the top of the city around noon to drop off my mother’s things. I couldn’t believe the traffic both ways on the six, sometimes eight lane highways, and it was still some four hours to the official rush hour. At one point it took me almost half an hour to cover a distance that takes about six or seven minutes normally, and there didn’t seem to be any unusual obstructions. How some people do this rush hour commute twice a day, five days a week, is beyond me. Anyway Lord, I pray that you won’t have me repeat the last two days for a while. I’ll rather take annoyances like the fly in my coffee just now, here at home. (smile) But Friends, seriously, I think the biggest complaint against Christians lies in Today’s Bit, where we unashamedly judge and criticize others for doing the same things we do. We don’t have to look far to find examples either. The same crowded highways I was just talking about is full of them. We see others make unsafe, improper lane changes, drive while talking on their cells, weave in and out dangerously, and we mentally, sometimes vocally give them a blast, or a finger. But when you really consider the situation, we all do things on the road we’re not supposed to do. And that’s just a simple example. If we look truthfully at our own lives, we’ll find a lot more serious stuff that conforms to the Bit. We complain when people gossip or bad mouth us, without considering the things we say about others. That’s why Bruh Paul has to chastise us, all we self-righteous moralists: ‘Therefore thou art inexcusable, O man, whosoever thou art that judgest: for wherein thou judgest another, thou condemnest thyself; for thou that judgest doest the same thing.’ Yes Friends, there’s no excuse for that type of behaviour in believers. We automatically condemn ourselves, once we start criticizing others for things we also do. Possibly the best example of that in the Good Book is of Bruh David; the scheme he cooked up when he took Uriah’s wife Bathsheba, then sent him out to the front lines to die in battle. (2 Sam.11) And I just have to chuckle at our Lord’s style; the way He addressed that situation, by sending the prophet Nathan to confront Bruh David with a parable about a rich man with much sheep, taking the one ewe lamb, much cherished by a poor man and his family, to kill and cook for his visitor. Oh brother! Bruh David got angry and indignant, saying to Nathan; ‘As the Lord liveth, the man that hath done this shall surely die: And he shall restore the lamb fourfold, because he did this thing, and because he had not pity.’ (2 Sam.12:5-6) Imagine Bruh David’s consternation though, when Nathan said to him; ‘Thou art the man.’ (2 Sam.12:7) Then he listed all the good things that the Lord had done for Bruh David, yet he went and did the evil. Furthermore, Nathan also spelled out the punishment that was forthcoming: ‘Now therefore the sword shall never depart from thine house; because thou hast despised me… Behold, I will raise up evil against thee out of thine own house…’ (2 Sam.12:10-11) And for the rest of Bruh David’s days, he was beset by serious problems within his family. Yuh see mih people, it doesn’t pay to judge, and in particular, not too quickly or harshly. We can’t let all wrong doing go unpunished or uncriticized, but we have to be very careful that we’re not caught up in the same thing. Jesus said it quite clearly: ‘Judge not, that ye be not judged. For with what judgement ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again.’  Then he talked about the hypocrites that want to pull the mote from their brother’s eyes, when they have a big beam blocking their own vision. (Mat.7:1-5) Yes Friends, we’re all first class hypocrites in that respect, cause we all do it. Oh Friends, I just LOVE how Jesus operated! In this case, we talking about the woman brought before him caught in the act of adultery. And Jesus’ reaction? ‘He that is without sin among you, let him cast the first stone at her. And again he stooped down, and wrote on the ground. And they which heard it, being convicted by their own conscience, went out one by one, beginning at the eldest, even unto the last: and Jesus was left alone, and the woman standing in the midst.’ When He stood up and saw her alone, he asked; ‘Woman, where are those thine accusers? hath no man condemned thee? She said, No man, Lord. And Jesus said unto her, Neither do I condemn thee: go and sin no more.’ (John 8:7-11) Isn’t He wonderful Friends? The consummate judge and mediator! That’s the aspiration we believers should have, not the quick to criticize and lambaste personality we now show so much of. I wonder though what happened to the man that she was found with? The man was possibly judged sin free because it was a highly patriarchal society. And sadly, that still happens today in many societies like that. It’s always the woman’s fault, even when she’s brutally gang raped. But as Bruh Paul so sagely asks; ‘And thinkest thou this, O man that judgest them which do such things, and doest the same, that thou shalt escape the judgement of God?’ Certainly not! ‘Tribulation and anguish, upon every soul of man that doeth evil… for there is no respect of persons with God.’ (Rom.2:3,9,11) Oh Friends, let’s try and curb our hypocritical, judgemental behaviour nuh, for it’s one of the big things that turns people away from our wonderful Christian Faith. Much LOVE!…do so…ain’t like so…
 

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