But the Lord is faithful, who will establish you and guard you from the evil one.
2 Thessalonians 3:3
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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.
2 For with what judgment you
judge, you will be judged; and with the measure you use, it will be measured
back to you. 3 And
why do you look at the speck in your brother’s eye, but do not consider the
plank in your own eye? 4 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? 5 Hypocrite!
First remove the plank from your own eye, and then you will see clearly to
remove the speck from your brother’s eye.
Be the good Samaritan our Lord teaches
us to be!