Based on my answer, I suppose they will make a decision whether or not they will come and visit North Point in their search for a new church family. I’m guessing they won’t be joining us any time soon.
But I’ve been surprised on lots of other things. We’ll see.
But as I processed my response, I had another thought. One that is much more profound than my opinion on a particular sin.
The world…like, the whole world…would be a better place if we all followed Jesus’ teaching on how to view ourselves BEFORE we start evaluating the sins and shortcomings of others.
“Do not judge, or you too will be judged. For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.
“Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye? How can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when all the time there is a plank in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye. Matthew 7:1-5
Such a simple teaching.
Look at your own sin FIRST. All the time. Every time. Before you ever start getting all judgy and angry and hacked off at how far short somebody else is falling of the perfection of God’s expectations…take a long, hard look at yourself.
And if you don’t see a broken, jacked up, needy, imperfect mess…you’re looking in the wrong mirror.
However, the moment you see yourself accurately, you change…and the sins of others take on a whole new perspective. The planks begin to look like dust.
And the world becomes a better place.
YOUR world becomes a better place.