Measure for Measure

By: Gary Brown

Matthew 7: 1-2

Do not judge, or you too will be judged. For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.

 

Having my faith and beliefs attacked by another Christian was jolting. A realtor friend asked me to host an open house on her behalf. The homeowners, a retired couple, remained home during the event and we became acquainted. They joyfully shared stories of co-founding a church. Rightfully, they were proud of what they had accomplished and I applauded their success and tenacity.

The husband then asked what my denomination was. Upon hearing my answer his demeanor changed and he began verbally attacking my faith without mincing words. It surprised me greatly because these are genuinely nice people, caring and generous. At no time did they ask questions about my faith or beliefs so we could at least have a dialogue. I would have welcomed that.

My first instinct was to honor their relationship with the other realtor so I listened quietly and prayed. As he appeared near conclusion I respectfully offered a few scriptures in reply so as to not give the impression that my silence was an acceptance of his words. There were no feelings of anger, only compassion for his misguided actions.

The experience caused me to wonder about the potential impact of this behavior. What if this had been directed at someone new in his or her Christian faith or someone whose faith was on shaky ground? Might it perhaps cause a young believer to question the Christian faith and his or her relationship with Jesus? How does faith bashing help demonstrate the life and teachings of our Lord and Savior? We should always strive for our behavior and words to tell the story of Christ's love and leave the judging to him.


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