Everyday you read it, see it or hear it … someone pointing the finger at the ‘other guy’. So and so did it, it’s someone elses fault. The old saying is, when you point the finger there are three others pointing back at you. Everyone is to blame, and no one is to blame. No one wants to take credit for the bad, no one wants to be at fault. We are a NO FAULT generation.
Christians are no better, they love to point fingers. “No wonder what they are going through, did you know that …?” and so the gossip goes. Gossiping, that’s another blog. Pointing the finger, you cannot go to church or be in a gathering of Christians without hearing people pointing the finger.
Recently someone a few towns over won $600 million in the lottery. I heard so many comments from Christians. “Better not have been a Christian, unless they found it in the parking lot!” Amazing what people single out. So many play the $.44 cent lottery (cost of stamp to mail in an entry to win millions in a contest). Others ‘gamble’ on the stock market. Gambling’s a sin, right? Depend on how much you spend? What about that $1.29 candy bar at the check out? Gluttony’s a sin right? Depends on if you’re overweight? That soft drink? That movie? What about that latte? We just LOVE to point our fingers at everyone elses lifestyle.
Matthew 7:5 (NASB) “You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother’s eye.”
One woman looks at another shaking her head and leans to her neighbor, “how does she allow herself to get so overweight?” The guy leans in to comment to his co-worker, “I heard he has something on the boss and that’s why he got the promotion.” The little boy nudges the girl beside him, “her mom bought that award for her.” (Where do you think the kids learn it from?)
The root of much finger pointing is jealousy. Watch your thoughts today, you might accidentally speak out loud. Now back up and read the preceding verses to Matthew 7:5:
Matthew 7:1-4 (NASB) “1Do not judge so that you will not be judged. 2 For in the way you judge, you will be judged; and by your standard of measure, it will be measured to you. 3 Why do you look at the speck that is in your brother’s eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye? 4 Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ and behold, the log is in your own eye?”
The only judgement comes from God’s word. Let Him be the judge.
I just loved this!!! I won’t let my students gossip. It is so ugly. I call it malpractice. We mustn’t do that to one another. We must learn to love our neighbor and learn to forgive others and ourselves in the spirit of our Christ who healed all ills out of divine Love. I think the greatest love is to try to see others as God sees them — beyond the frailties and weaknesses but as the image and likeness of Him who is loving us and protecting us and perpetuating our true identities as His image and likeness.