Fellowship of Heretics Daily Devotional: September 3-Acceptance


Compiled by Holy Heretic Connie Foster

“It is not my place to judge any person’s beliefs but choose rather their ability to believe.” — Tom Althouse

In three words Jesus commanded us, “Do not Judge.” (Matthew 7:1) Did he really mean that we should never judge others? It is the attitude with which we judge about which God is most concerned.

“For in the same way you judge others you will be judged.”

If we never judged anyone, no one would ever be held accountable.

“In a sinful world, no community can exist for long where nobody is ever held accountable: no teacher would grade a student’s performance; no citizen would sit on a jury or call a failed leader to account,” Lewis B. Smedes wrote. (http://www.christianitytoday.com/ct/2001/october1/29.70.html)

“Judgements are opinions we form after we have made a serious effort to know facts.”

“Any lazy or biased person can have opinions, making judgements is the hard work of responsible and compassionate people,” Smedes wrote.

“So most likely, Jesus meant, ‘Do not judge at all if you judge others the way the Pharisees did. If you do judge people this way you will be judged with the same severity.'”

When you judge, judge for the good of the other person and know in your heart it is going to be helpful not hurtful for that person. When we judge in this way we are serving that friend not condemning them.

Action: Search your heart to see if you are judging with a loving, compassionate attitude.

Sharing: We would love to hear your experiences in judging with a loving, compassionate attitude, or about those times when you may have judged someone with the wrong heart. Please comment on our Facebook page: https://m.facebook.com/HolyHereticZine

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