The Westboro Baptist Church makes me mad and it isn’t even because they picket funerals and sue people who even get a little bit aggressive with them for being jerks. I get so frustrated with them because of this:
Even if their views on homosexuality, the US Military, and death are all true, they have no idea if I am a sinner or not. “You are probably an Esau.” That really just gets under my skin.
Part of why is because I personally think the bible calls us to humility. Humble people tend to look at themselves and see their own flaws, understand they are below Christ, and act as people who are forgiven moment from moment, not people who have stopped sinning and are perfect. But that’s just my personal bias.
I can say, without doubt, that humans cannot judge each other. There is a list of scriptures that prove that; I’ll let James prove it specifically today:
Brothers and sisters, don’t say evil things about each other. Whoever insults or criticizes a brother or sister insults and criticizes the Law. If you find fault with the Law, you are not a doer of the Law but a judge over it. There is only one lawgiver and judge, and he is able to save and to destroy. But you who judge your neighbor, who are you? – James 4:11-12
Did anyone that is a physical entity today create the law? No? Then stop judging one another. I don’t care if you believe a person is sinning, you are not in a position to condemn. Period. So stop it, or stop calling yourself a Christian.
Yesterday I said that the call of the Gospels was to love radically, no matter the sin or shortcomings of the people you love. Calling them names, dehumanizing them, and saying that they are going to Hell is the exact opposite of loving them. And using the excuse “I want them to stop sinning” to justify your hateful actions is a lie; again, name calling and dehumanization aren’t loving, period.
Now, I’m not arguing that holding each other accountable for our sins is a bad thing and calling a sin a sin is actually a good thing, but there is a fatal flaw when we only look at the sins that make us uncomfortable and forget other sins (especially not loving our neighbor as ourself).
So instead of saying everyone but a select few people are going to Hell, do this instead:
Love radically. Period.