Therefore let us not judge one another anymore, but rather determine this– not to put an obstacle or a stumbling block in a brother’s way. Romans 14:13
Today I was talking with someone in my family who feels extremely judged by the church. In our conversation I was asking myself why do I judge? Besides evolutionary need to assess danger, why do I prefer to judge others actions? I notice how tempted I am to think my judgment has no real impact on the one I’m judging. In fact in my worst moments I feel superior to them as I indulge my superficial judgment. It never once occurred to me that my judging of another would present as a stumbling block to them. In listening to my family member share I heard how much they did not experience love grace or mercy rather they felt the need to shrink away in shame and hiding.
Our love as the church could draw people to Jesus. My love could be a bridge to the Lords grace and mercy or a stumbling block for my neighbor. As our conversation continued I heard the relief when they realized judgment was not what I was offering rather understanding, compassion, and a stand for them to be truthful with the ones they love. Lastly to own their choices and to invite others to share in their life with them.
Consider today who needs a bridge and where your judgment might be inviting someone to hide and stumble away from our Father.