Hello everyone! Tonight I want to talk to you about something that has really been on my heart. I prayed a lot about what to blog about tonight and this just something that God has placed on my heart to speak about to all of you.
Let us begin in the Old Testament and think about what people God used to fulfill His purpose and people he put in the bible for us to follow as examples. God used Moses. Moses was a murderer. God used David. David committed adultery. God used Tamar. Tamar pretended to be a prostitute to trick her father in law so she could have a child from his bloodline. God used Abraham. Abraham did not trust in God’s promise and he slept with his wife’s slave so he could have a child.
If you are not familiar with these Old Testament bible stories, all of the examples I mentioned are great bible stories to read. Each individual story teaches us so much about God’s character and the wickedness of man, the wickedness that is still within us today. The stories are also probably kind of shocking to you. The fact is, based on every person God used in the Old Testament, God uses messed up people. Really, really messed up people.
Moving forward on the Biblical timeline, lets take a look at the Pharisees in the New Testament. A Pharisee was a person who typically separated themselves from the rest of society. They followed strict rules of the Old Testament, and they did not accept that they needed God. Pharisees thought they were more spiritual and more godly than everyone else just because they followed all of the rules. God shows their character in The Scriptures, so lets take a look at a verse.
Luke 18:11-14 “Two men went up into the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. The Pharisee, standing by himself, prayed thus: ‘God, I thank you that I am not like other men, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even like this tax collector. I fast twice a week; I give tithes of all that I get.’ But the tax collector, standing far off, would not even lift up his eyes to heaven, but beat his breast, saying, ‘God, be merciful to me, a sinner!’ I tell you, this man went down to his house justified, rather than the other. For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, but the one who humbles himself will be exalted.”
So, Pharisees were basically people who thought they were more holy and just than those who admitted they were sinners. The point I want to make today is that so many Christians are like the Pharisees. We are all like the Pharisees sometimes. We constantly judge those who we notice are sinning. We refuse to love or associate with people in the LGBTQ community. We won’t carry the pregnant girl’s books to class no matter how much her feet might hurt. We don’t share The Gospel with friends who drink or party on the weekends. And even worse- because we don’t do these things, we think we are better than the people who participate in these obvious sins. We think we are favored by God over someone else because we sin differently.
To judge others is worse than the sin itself. We are called to love our neighbor. No exceptions. I know that if Jesus were walking down streets today, he wouldn’t ignore anyone. No matter what they did, he would love them. And he would share the good news of The Gospel.
A question I have for you is how can you accept Jesus as your Savior if you don’t need to be saved? If you were the perfect Christ follower there is no point of even having a Christ. Something that is ironic to me is that those who say they are a perfect Christian are the people who end up being so deep in sin they are drowning and can’t see their own faults. These end up being the people who need Christ so badly but will never admit it.
God uses messed up people, guys. God uses me. I’m so far from perfect or a perfect Christian. The struggle of sin is so hard to resist and combat. The only thing to do to grow in our faith is admit that we are sinners. That we are messed up. Because we need Jesus. We need a Savior. We need to love everyone and not judge others while we are sinning in different way. I pray that you all will be touched by my words tonight, thank you for reading this far along if you did!- Cami