Email World

I spend many hours each week in email world. This is what I call the zone that I get into when I am answering some of the questions we get from our website at NewSpring. We see a lot of “interesting” questions, but we get plenty of great questions also. I love getting questions that make me think and challenge me on how I represent Jesus to others. Here are 2 great questions I received recently from someone who is an honest seeker of the truth. Enjoy!

1. Why are Christians so judgmental?

Some Christians are judgmental because they think they are better than other people. They forget that without Jesus completely changing them and bringing them over from death to true life, they have no hope. It is crazy to me to see Christians that expect lost people to act like Christ followers instead of acting in line with exactly what they are…lost without Jesus and in need of God’s grace. It just makes sense that lost people should act like they are lost . Why would we expect them to act like believers when they are not? This judgmental attitude is obviously not the attitude that Christ wanted us to have. I do feel like it is scriptural for a Christian to confront another Christian if they are living in sin and unrepentant. We should expect Christ followers to act like Jesus has changed them. However, this confrontation should always be done in a loving way with the goal of repentance and reconciliation and not of judgment.

2. Why are Christians hypocritical?

This goes right along with the answer to your first question. But the main reason is because they don’t listen to Jesus when he says…

Matthew 7
1“Do not judge, or you too will be judged. 2For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.
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“Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye? 4How can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when all the time there is a plank in your own eye? 5You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.

When someone claims the name of Jesus, they should have a lifestyle that backs up that claim. If you have truly met Jesus then a radical transformation will take place. Everyone makes mistakes, and no one ever does everything he says he is going to, but everyone who says they are a Christ follower should do their best to live a life that honors Christ. I think our pastor Perry Noble defined what a hypocritical Christian is best one day when he said, “some Christians think that their poo poo doesn’t smell as bad as everyone else’s.”

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