We are all guilty of it. Not one of us is exempt from pointing a finger at others. The judgement and blame is all around us everyday. Social media has exacerbated the division and judgement unlike anything I have witnessed in my life. In my own experience I have watched people who claim to be Christian and God fearing cast heartless and relentless judgement. Sometimes even from my own family members against other family members. The judgement goes from the Christian end of the spectrum to the one who claims there is no God. Those that claim they are the most tolerant of others until the other has a differing belief or opinion.
On the flip side we all have experienced the brutal isolating end of being judged by others. We all have a story. Literally I have been judged for laughing too much. (That made me laugh by the way) I’ve been called every name in the book for doing all within my resources to help provide love and security to a stranger. It really doesn’t matter who we are we are all guilty of casting judgment and we have been recipients of judgement.
I love reading comments to videos friends share on social media. Videos of babies, puppy dogs, cats, etc… I’m drawn to the happy non-political things. Seriously if you read comments there always seems to be at least one negative Nelly casting judgment. Recently there was a little girl reading to her cat. She actually could not read, but was mimicking the love and nurture shown to her as she had been read to. Literally someone called every person stupid on the thread because the child was not really “reading”. The beauty completely missed by their blinded judgmental eyes. Another recent video was two healthy babies sitting on some sort of vibrating platform. They were laughing and having the time of their lives as their baby rolls jiggled and voices shook. Someone was claiming child abuse and shaken baby syndrome. Really there is more vibration driving a car down a gravel road. My point is that no matter how sweet, innocent, loving, and good the judgement is there.
As God continues to bring people into my life from all walks my prayer has become this. Lord help me to keep from pointing the finger of judgement and use all ten of my fingers to build others up. It takes no effort to point a finger. What does pointing a finger accomplish besides hatred? It takes God’s power and everything within my own strength to lift up another. While we point one finger there are nine other fingers being wasted.
Stories of people who have overcome are also one of my favorites. Two common factors in these stories I notice is that it took looking to God and that each person had at least one other person that believed in them. It was a person that God used all ten of their fingers to lift the broken person up, speak truth to them, and say you can do this!!
Truthfully I would much rather sit and listen to the story of the drug addict lying in the gutter than what the “rich and famous” are doing. I am no better than anyone who sins differently than me. We all have pain, we all have a story, we all need truth, we all need love, we all need affirmation, we all need at least one person that believes that we matter.
Scripture tells us when Jesus walked this earth he met people in their brokenness and those were the lives healed. The blind and judgmental completely missed Him.
What if we all put the one finger down and extended all ten fingers in love?