Why I’m Trying Not to Judge


Sometimes Facebook makes me paranoid. People—great Christian people that I respect—post great-looking things. But I admit that I’ve posted similar “great” things with an ulterior motive (I’m sorry, but I don’t promise that it won’t happen again). So I can’t help but wonder, “What is YOUR motive?”

Maybe it’s only me, but this can basically make me lose faith in the whole human race. Since I can’t see the human heart behind the Facebook post, the truth is left up to my imagination. And when I stop to analyze your heart via your timeline, I honestly can’t tell if you’re being real or insincere, heartfelt or fake. If I have to come to a conclusion, it probably won’t be right.

If I wonder, I start to doubt. I can’t trust you. I can’t learn from you. I’m afraid to count on you because you might let me down.

God showed me this week, amidst my distrust and caution, that I don’t have to worry about it.

“Who are you to pass judgment on the servant of another? It is before his own master that he stands or falls” (Romans 14:4, ESV).

I am, you are, each of us is individually responsible to God. He sees the heart; He will judge rightly. In the end, He will make it all right. So this means that I don’t have to walk around with guard walls around me. I don’t have to judge people and be afraid of trusting them in case they don’t have everything quite in order.

If you don’t have the right motive behind what I see, it’s not my problem. It’s between you and God. My responsibility is to obey God for myself, not for you. This is actually rather relieving.

Over the past several years, there were Christians who seemed infallible and wise, people whom I never dreamed could take the wrong path. But the outcome surprised me, and they weren’t who I thought they were. Even though it can be painful confusing, I am not responsible to judge them or decide how it should turn out.

I can pray. By God’s help, I can discern what is—or what is not—pleasing to Him. I can appreciate the good coming from people around me. But I don’t have to worry if you are one hundred percent worth believing and trusting. I don’t have to carry the responsibility of knowing if your heart is right or not.

“So then each of us will give an account of himself to God” (Romans 14:12, ESV).

Looks like making sure my heart is right will keep me busy enough.

~Rachel Sue

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