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Seeking Things Above

If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. (Col 3:1)

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Not that there is anything wrong with that

How should I look at our world? Is it "live and let live" and "I'm ok, you're ok". The Bible clearly tells us not to be judgmental.

Judge not, that you not be judged (Matt 7:1-5)

The rest of the world gladly takes up this mantle. As long as what you do in your life does not adversely affect me, then all is good.

Is it all good? Are the problems we have in this world because people are too judgmental or do we have our problems because we have sacrificed truth in order to avoid the appearance of passing judgment?

If I am not supposed to judge people, then how do I respond to world issues that clearly contradict biblical truths, especially in regards to sexual immorality? Romans 1:26-27, 2 Corinthians 12:21, Mark 7:20-23 are just a sampling of many verses that speak of sexual immorality being evil.

Sin hurts not only others but it hurts the sinner even when we think we are just doing our own thing.

1 Corinthians 6:18 (ESV)
18 Flee from sexual immorality. Every other sin a person commits is outside the body, but the sexually immoral person sins against his own body.

As a Christ follower, my reaction to sin in the world should be love. The world in full of sin and we know sin destroys. The world needs God's love and God's hope and we should be the ones telling them of this great hope. We don't need to be standing on a corner at a gay parade telling everyone that they are going to hell. We need to be reaching out to people suffering from AIDS showing them God's love with our service and telling them there is a hope in a God that loves them.

That said, the world needs empathy, not sympathy. You cannot sympathize with sinful behavior, "That's ok, you're not hurting anyone". However, you should be able to empathize with a person indulging in sinful behavior, after all, you're a sinner too.

Show the people around you God's love. Tell them about God's grace. Gently explain why what the world is offering is destroying them but what God offers will save them.

1 Peter 3:15-16
James 3:18


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