In-person worship services will be held as scheduled this Sunday. Please use discretion when determining whether roads are safe for your personal travel.
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1 “Don’t judge, so that you won’t be judged. 2 You’ll receive the same judgment you give. Whatever you deal out will be dealt out to you. 3 Why do you see the splinter that’s in your brother’s or sister’s eye, but don’t notice the log in your own eye? 4 How can you say to your brother or sister, ‘Let me take the splinter out of your eye,’ when there’s a log in your eye? 5 You deceive yourself! First take the log out of your eye, and then you’ll see clearly to take the splinter out of your brother’s or sister’s eye.” 6 Don’t give holy things to dogs, and don’t throw your pearls in front of pigs. They will stomp on the pearls, then turn around and attack you.
Jesus knew we humans are quick to judge others. He also knew we tend to overlook or excuse similar (or even worse) things in ourselves or people we support. That pattern is destructive and hurtful in workplaces or families. When taken into the realm of politics, it often seems to go on steroids. Has there ever been a time when a political figure you disagree with came under fire, and you sadly realized, “The side I favor has done similar (or even worse) things”?
Lord Jesus, as our nation prepares to vote, please rid my spirit of contempt and judgment. Remind me that people, in my nation or my family circle, who disagree with me aren’t necessarily dishonest, and are always worthy of love. Amen.
I love our church. I have especially loved our current BE Campaign. It has been so neat to drive around Kansas City and spot the “BE Kind. Just. Humble.” signs all over the city. I now have a yard sign, t-shirt, sticker, wristbands, hat and a tote bag! Whew!
All of this swag continually shows others that I am someone who wants to be kind, just and humble. Except–what about the times when I don’t exactly do that? You see, when I’m wearing my BE shirt, that kind of means I need to BE kind, just and humble. Eeks! I’m not sure I can say I’m always that kind of person. Yet how often can I see others and point out their lack of kindness and justice and humility.
When I looked over our Scripture for today, I was easily convicted as I read, “Why do you see the splinter that’s in your brother’s or sister’s eye, but don’t notice the log in your own eye?” (Matt 7:3). I can sometimes be quick to judge, but it’s been interesting to see my own judgment lessen as I’ve been sporting all of my BE Campaign swag.
If a t-shirt helps me (or you) to exude a little more kindness and justice and humility, then by all means let’s wear the t-shirt! And maybe over time our hearts will shift, and we will become more like our swag whether we’re wearing it or not.