But the Lord is faithful, who will establish you and guard you from the evil one.

2 Thessalonians 3:3


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Matthew 7:1-5

Don’t Be Judgmental!

   Nicholas is a man that I have personally known for about 15 years now. I hardly ever hear him say a good word about anyone or anything and after a time it can wear on you. He would always walk into church head held high dressed in his Sunday best, suit and tie and take his place right up front in the church pews. It is always casual dress when you come to worship at our church, so we don’t care if you come dressed in jeans and sweatshirts. We don’t but Nicholas does and you can usually count on him saying something about it.

   One day there was a huge commotion going on in the entry way so ran back to see what was going on. As I approached the entry way, sure enough, there was Nicholas trying to prevent a man from gaining entry to services. I asked what was going on and Nicholas told me that the man was drunk and he wasn’t going to let him in. The man did have slurred speech and I asked if he had been drinking which he said that he hadn’t. Here comes the Advanced Emergency Medical Technician in me; I asked if the man was a diabetic and he was. I instructed one of the elders to call 911 and another to go get me some orange juice. When the rescue squad arrived the man’s blood glucose was dangerously low, even after the sugar and orange juice. He ended up going to the hospital for further treatment.

   I saw Nicholas sitting quietly in his usual place and he had his head hung low. After services I had the chance to talk to Nicholas privately; I told him that we don’t stop anyone from coming to services, no matter how they dressed or smelled. If there was a question as to how they were acting then I or one of the elders would handle it. Nicholas apologized and the following Sunday both men were sitting in Church in the same pew right next to each other.

“Judge not, that you be not judged. For with what judgment you judge, you will be judged; and with the measure you use, it will be measured back to you. And why do you look at the speck in your brother’s eye, but do not consider the plank in your own eye? Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Let me remove the speck from your eye’; and look, a plank is in your own eye? Hypocrite! First remove the plank from your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.

Matthew 7:1-5

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