Such Were Some Of Us
It’s easy to look around and judge others. When I look and see the kind of people who live in this world, I can tell you, I’m better than most of them. Other people are on drugs and stealing and getting drunk and bad with their money and generally unbathed. Look at me. I’m hansom, smart, good with my money, not on drugs and I even go to church. I am so much better than most people in the world. Can’t you say the same thing?
It’s easy to get up on a high horse and look down at all the sinners who aren’t as good as you. In fact, that’s actually the reason why a lot of people don’t like Christians, because of our high horses. But come on! Even the Bible backs us up! We’ve got tons of reason to think we are better than those jerks!
Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor men who practice homosexuality, nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God.
1 Corinthians 6:9-10
The sexually immoral, idolators, adulterers, homosexuals, thieves, greedy, drunks, revilers and swindlers are all going to hell! I’m not! I’m great! I am way better than all of them!
And such were some of you.
1 Corinthians 6:11a
But I wasn’t always better than them. I used to be just like them. So did you. We were sexually immoral, idolators, adulterers, homosexuals, thieves, greedy, drunks, revilers and swindlers. Don’t forget that you weren’t always on that high horse.
But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.
1 Corinthians 6:11b
God reached into the filth that I was living in and pulled me out. He cleaned me off and set me where I stand today, separated from what I was and what made me deserve hell. If I am where I am today, not by my own doing, but by God’s, who am I to look down at the people who are exactly where I was? Shouldn’t I be filled with compassion towards these people? Shouldn’t you?
The reason the world hates us has a lot to do with how we present ourselves in front of them. All they ever see is the ones who preach down at them telling them they are going to hell. They don’t see the average Christian because the rest of us don’t say anything at all.
When you meet a gay person, what is the right thing to do? Is it to preach at them that they are going to hell? Or is it to just say nothing and let them live in their sin? The right thing to do is have compassion. You may not have ever been gay, but I’m sure you could have been categorized as sexually immoral, idolator, adulterer, thief, greedy, drunk, reviler or swindler. I know I could have.It’s not our job to judge the world’s sin, it’s our job to show them the way out of that sin.
The fact is, whether you grew up in the world or you were a church kid your whole life, you deserved hell just as much as anyone else. But you were saved. Instead of looking down at others because of their sin, reach into their life and show them the same compassion that was shown to you. It’s not our job to judge the sins of the world, it’s our job to show people the way out of that sin.