All contestants fall under the scrutiny of those judging
Reference: ““If anyone hears my words but does not keep them, I do not judge that person. For I did not come to judge the world, but to save the world.” John 12:47 NIV
Explore: Reality TV hit its height quite a few years ago, but there are still some shows going strong. They usually involve people showing either creative talents or certain strengths.
One thing that remains consistent is the need for a judge. Sometimes the judge is the general public responding (although this doesn’t happen as often any more), sometimes there is a panel of judges or sometimes it’s the people on the show judging the others.
There can only be one winner and as the season goes along the other contestants fall under the scrutiny of those judging. There are always mixed feelings about the result, but ultimately the judges have the final say.
Application: You don’t have to be on a reality TV show to receive judgement. We are all judged regularly.
It may be something as simple as the meal we cooked today being compared to yesterday’s dinner, or our work performance being compared to another colleagues, our world is full of people willing to judge, lest they be judged!
When looking at this topic, you would think that Jesus – who sits at the top of the perfection tree – would be the best judge. He would judge with fairness and in comparison to his perfection.
But yet again, Jesus turns the table on how humans would respond. He actually specifies that He hasn’t come to judge.
Therefore, if Jesus is not sent to judge then surely we also are not sent to judge. And yet, so often, we feel justified in our harsh evaluation of others.
Let’s mark today as a key reminder of what we are called to do. In being more like Christ we are sent to save and not to judge.
Prayer: Lord, to be honest, judging others seems to come so quickly and easily to me. Thank You for the reminder of how we should act towards others. May I be quicker to love and slower to judge today. Amen.
How do you find yourself judging others?
This article was written by Linda Bailey