It wouldn’t surprise me if I’m called judgmental, despite my message being quite the opposite. So let me tell you, I’m very careful when concluding what kind of a person someone is. I’ll use Marilyn Manson to make my point. His music is garbage, but I’m confident he’s not the psychotic lunatic he appears to be on stage. It’s just part of a fictional alter ego. The old me also had an alter ego, and from the archives of the twisted mind I once had, I could retrieve some imagery far more disturbing than anything you’d see performed by Marilyn Manson. I had some very psychotic thoughts, yet I was no psychopath. Therefore it takes me time to form certain views of others. However, it doesn’t usually take me long to spot a fake Christian.
I’ve seen a lot of guys in prison with swastika tattoos, but I’m betting few, if any, of them would commit Nazi-like atrocities if given the chance. So I don’t assume everyone who listens to satanic heavy metal music is satanic, even though I was at the time I listened to it. But more than assume, I declare that no one who listens to it is a Christian. It’s so obvious I shouldn’t have to say it, yet I have unsuccessfully tried convincing more than one of these “Christians.” I discovered that trying to reason with them was like talking to a wall. No matter what ungodly behavior was in their lives, they always had an excuse for it. And after exhausting their excuses, they usually just looked at me with a blank stare. They were going to do what pleased them, and that was that. It doesn’t have to be a permanent mindset, though. With time, they may come to accept the truth. I hope they do.
Besides being unpopular and offensive to many, the truth is politically incorrect. When society is so careful to avoid offending people that hurricanes must alternate in getting male and female names, because giving them names for one gender alone could be seen as sexist, it doesn’t surprise me in the least that Christians get called bigots for telling people how it is. That’s not to mention the Gospel message has been hated since the beginning. Jesus told His disciples, “If the world hate you, ye know that it hated Me before it hated you. If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world . . . the world hateth you.” (John 15:18, 19) Many chose to hate Jesus and His message, yet He never hated sinners and kept company with them as an act of love (Luke 15:1-7). Among those sinners were publicans (v. 1), who were known for scamming people when collecting taxes and were hated by many. But not by Jesus. Out of love, He told them and other sinners to repent (v. 7). He did not tell them to remain as they were.
“Judge not, that ye be not judged.” (Matt. 7:1) This is one of the most misused verses of the Bible, so I’ll give you an example of something it would apply to. Televangelist Jimmy Swaggart heavily criticized rival televangelist Jim Bakker for a scandal, and was then photographed visiting a prostitute in 1988. So please, read this verse again with the verses that follow. “Judge not, that ye be not judged. For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again. And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother's eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye? Or how wilt thou say to thy brother, Let me pull out the mote out of thine eye; and, behold, a beam is in thine own eye? Thou hypocrite, first cast out the beam out of thine own eye; and then shalt thou see clearly to cast out the mote out of thy brother's eye. (Matt. 7:1-5) Now to quote Paul. “Therefore thou art inexcusable, O man, whosoever thou art that judgest: for wherein thou judgest another, thou condemnest thyself; for thou that judgest doest the same things. But we are sure that the judgment of God is according to truth against them which commit such things. And thinkest thou this, O man, that judgest them which do such things, and doest the same, that thou shalt escape the judgment of God?” (Rom. 2:1-3)
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