Blogging can be a dangerous thing. As Jesus says “And I tell you this, you must give an account on judgment day for every idle word you speak. The words you say will either acquit you or condemn you.” (Matthew 12:36-37)
Words are dangerous. They can be used to harm, twisted and misunderstood. So many problems in today’s world come from careless words thrown out in fear, anger or frustration.
As I’ve watched a war of words stretch across my monitor this week in response to the ‘Top 25 Faith Blogs by Moms’ at Circle of Moms I couldn’t help but wonder how this would have played out if everyone were gathered in a room in front of one another. It has been estimated that 93% of communication between people does not happen through words, but rather through tone or voice and body language. When we can’t see each other we cannot grasp the full meaning and the intent behind the words. How would things be different if we were able to see and hear one another?
I am only one person. One follower of Christ. But this whole issue makes me sad. Watching Christians and Pagans fight and disagree with one another because of their differences is troubling as when I think about Christianity, the first thing I think of is how Jesus came and loved us, regardless. When we look at the story of the Samaritan Woman, or of the Leper he healed, or the Roman Centurion we see examples of how Jesus moved into the world and accepted people beyond what was normal at the time. He healed. He taught. He loved. He lived.
While as Christians we may not believe what the Pagans believe, it is strongly suggested that we not judge. Jesus states “Do not judge others, and you will not be judged. For you will be treated as you treat others. The standard you use in judging is the standard by which you will be judged. (Matthew 7: 1-2)
When we judge others, we cast a light on ourselves and none of us is free from sin. We all fall short of the glory of God and it is grace and forgiveness that sets us free.
Let’s act with Grace. Let’s offer the light of Christ to those around us. Let’s step out of fear and love our neighbors as we love ourselves.