The Accusation Arms Race

“Judge not, and you will not be judged; condemn not, and you will not be condemned; forgive, and you will be forgiven; give, and it will be given to you. Good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap. For with the measure you use it will be measured back to you.”

He also told them a parable: “Can a blind man lead a blind man? Will they not both fall into a pit? A disciple is not above his teacher, but everyone when he is fully trained will be like his teacher. Why do you see the speck that is in your brother’s eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye? How can you say to your brother, ‘Brother, let me take out the speck that is in your eye,’ when you yourself do not see the log that is in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take out the speck that is in your brother’s eye.” Luke 6:37-42.

I used to think this was about getting judgment and condemnation from God if I dish that out to others. But in this context it is about the believer’s effect on the world that God has called him to reach with the Gospel.

If we focus on the world’s sin, they will focus on ours. And if we don’t have enough for them to find, they will create a whole ecosystem of political correctness, hate crimes and wrong-think charges to use to cancel you. This is what we get when we forget to teach forgiveness and where it comes from. We become blind guides who lead our world into the pit instead of to Christ.

We are not to judge the world. In so doing we start an accusation arms race. We must tell them the good news that God has cancelled their debt, dropped their charges, and offered them a new life. If they reject the deal, they can keep the debt, the charges, and their old life. But that deal is always on the table. It is what we have to offer. It is all we should offer.

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