Let’s not let Mr. A into our choir because he doesn’t sing well. Our company cannot hire Jane Doe because she doesn’t fit the company image. We will not attend a class party because the person who planned it is not in our little group.
Look out! These are the type judgments that will come back to haunt us much later. God made each of us and we are all special. Could it be Mr. Smith is liked by a lot of people and letting him in the choir would disrupt another person’s “fame?” It is possible Jane Doe is a hard worker who will expose a certain clique that doesn’t work very hard. Would a class party even get planned if that certain person didn’t put things together?
It is our duty as Christians to lift up one another in positive ways. While it’s true some will take advantage of our kindness most will benefit in a way that pleases God. We may lose some fame and have to share the spotlight, or we may have to realize we could work harder on a job but all people benefit when we seek to obey God. It’s even possible we realize our best friend went to the class party while we sat home puffed up with pride.
Judging hurts all people. The ones who get left out are the ones God will lift up in His timing and His way. God can use people who are not so bound up in possessing a spot in a group, certain job or a cliquish circle of friends. The ones overlooked will be given a chance by God Himself. Unfortunately for some, the possessions they have here is the best it gets and no more. We may get overlooked but God has not drawn the final curtain yet and beautiful things are headed our way.
Matthew 12:36-37 New International Version (NIV)
But I tell you that everyone will have to give account on the day of judgment for every empty word they have spoken. For by your words you will be acquitted, and by your words you will be condemned.