This post below is from Sandri Krawkoski’s Facebook. There was a great deal of conversation on this thread, and I found it quite entriquing. I was going to comment, but as I began to comment I found myself writing nearly a book on it so I removed the post before posting it and put it here on my blog. The reason it entriqued me so. Well probably because I can identify with the struggles of man/woman to stay true to God and live in this world. I am not at all perfect, but I am a child of the King. I have at times, more often than I’d care to admit found myself guilty of the very things that I’m addressing in this post. So know that I am not judging here, but sharing what God has revealed to me today so that the message He shared with me can also be shared with others and hopefully help someone else who might also struggle with the same struggle as I do.
I identify myself as a Christian, but I NEVER claim perfection or claim to be free from sin. The real difference between people like Katy Perry and the rest of us is that they are in the limelight. The whole world has watched them, many of them literally grow up before our very eyes. The whole world has seen their every move, judged their every mistake and felt the need to harshly and sometimes hatefully criticize their every mistake …
and the really sad thing about that is. IF … instead of that type of judging – we took our judgments to prayer over them more of them would probably find their way to or back to God much faster than our harsh judgments could ever achieve. I believe our harsh judgments actually push them further away from God. So the next time you hear those thoughts are stirring up your head – bow your head in prayer and ask God to remove the harmful thoughts and then pray FOR THEM, because ONLY with love, compassion, and prayer can we truly lift each other up. Now, notice I didn’t say DO NOT JUDGE! There is no way around not judging and this scripture is NOT saying to NOT judge. It is speaking more in terms of the hypocrisy of OUR judging if you read it in it’s entirety you’ll see what I mean. But the type of judging is what I’m referring to personally in that we don’t always judge righteously and often we judge unrighteously and with bitterness and hypocrisy in our very own hearts and lives.
It doesn’t matter what they are doing. Love, compassion, and prayer is the answer. And I’m not saying if someone is doing something illegal/harming others they shouldn’t be stopped via confinement or what have you, but even those people while they might need to be confined for the protection of self or others still God says we are ALL worthy of His love and they need love, compassion, and prayer too. I’m also not saying that we should never speak up, but when we do speak up against wrong we must be wise and not use hate, bias, bitterness, etc. to fuel our tongue.
I also believe that we are responsible for what we allow ourselves to listen to, to watch, and to absorb into our mind, bodies, and souls daily. We must be mindful of that content that it not stir within us self doubt, sinful thoughts, negative emotions, etc. So, yes we should love and pray for Katy Perry, Justin Bieber, etc. … but we must be mindful of allowing certain messages into ourselves and we don’t want to promote the wrong messages to a lost and dying world.
What you allow into your heart will seap into you and become a part of you. If you are cotinuously allowing things that are not good for you to enter into you eventually those things will pour out of you. So guard your heart carefully, guard what you allow to enter into it because it will make you into something else and your works will show that. You will speak differently, you will act differently, and so on.
Someone on here said something about almost not wanting to identify themself as a Christian because some of the most righteous and unloving people call themselves Christian. I say to that … I agree it is sad that some CLAIMING to be Christian are like this.
First, we should remember that not ALL who proclaim are in fact the real deal.
Second, if they are a true Christian then God will deal with them in His time. Either way we should pray for those who behave badly in the name of God.
Third, to be Christian is to strive to be Christ like. But understanding that NONE OF US ARE PERFECT and will ever truly achieve this goal. We do our best and God sees this. He is loving and He is forgiving. If He sees we are striving to do the right things and seek His forgiveness, but if we stumble along the way He’ll help us up and forward. However, if we are fake and promoting falsehoods to the rest of the world He will say “I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.” They will not receive the kingdom of heaven. That will be their judgment passed down from God.
Each of us has our own relationship with God and it is NOT my place to decide the nature of that relationship you have with Him just as it is NOT your place to decide the nature of my relationship with God, however; there are times as humans we question because of people’s behavior. This is natural, and God’s word even addresses this topic below, but it’s what we do with that that matters. Do you start throwing around hateful and possibly misjudgments or do you show love and compassion by lifting them up to the Father in prayer?
People use versus from the Bible to condone their judging (again I’m referring to unrighteious judgment here) … judge a tree by the fruit it bears or more specifically and accurately:
My take (and I’m not passing harsh/unrighteous judgment) on Katy Perry is she is NOT a false prophet, but a lost child of God. She knows of God, but either has not experienced His salvation or has run away from Him and is being rebellious. Either way, yes God loves her … He wants her to come to Him though and give up her sinful nature. True? This is where we can show our love and compassion. Instead of saying hateful things about her – let’s see it for what it is. Katy is young, she was raised in a strict Christian home, and is rebellious. Not so very far off from the rest of us … right? Aren’t we all rebellious to some degree? So, let’s not promote her music that teaches sinful nature, let’s not support her rebellion, but let’s also not hate on her but instead love her and pray for her that she will find her way to God.
And while we’re at it let’s do the same for each other. Let’s lift each other up in prayer. I know that’s what I want and need from you. How about you? Would you prefer to be lifted up in prayer or hated on because you are not perfect?