Alligators & Terrorists

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After listening to all the garbage flying around about this last week or so in Orlando, I’m finally going to weigh in on it all. I’ve heard people attack the gay community, saying that this was God’s Judgement on them. To those people I would say, what gives you the right to judge anyone? Again, when people spew hate on the terrorist, how can you judge? And the thought that an inanimate object can be the reason this has all happened is ludicrous. I’ve even heard bad things said about the mom who’s child got snatched by an alligator. Were you there when it happened? Do you have inside knowledge about their family?

My point is this: Because of the fallen world we live in, bad things are going to happen. We’ve become a society that has to blame something or someone. We’ve even gone so far as to blame guns when someone is shot. Guns have been around for hundreds of years, people have been shot for hundreds of years. Only recently have we started blaming the guns. It’s not the guns, it’s the people that are holding them.

If we get ourselves stirred up in a righteous frenzy about all the bad things in this world, how are we ever going to see what is wrong with ourselves? Jesus says in Luke 6:37:

“Do not judge, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn, and you will not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven.”

We can blame the world on all the bad things that happen to us but the truth is that every one of us is a sinner. We all fall short. We shouldn’t point fingers at anyone or anything. We need to look at ourselves first. Once we do that, and we truly see how sinful we are, can we, with all honesty, start blaming others? I think this is what Jesus meant when he said:

“How can you say to your brother, ‘Brother, let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when you yourself fail to see the plank in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.” Luke 6:42

What does all this have to do with forgiveness?

If you see that you are a sinful person (and we all are) then who are you to point at anyone and say they are bad. One sin is just as bad as another. There is no sliding scale. Murder is as bad as envy; Theft is as bad as slander (gossip). When we take a good look at ourselves instead of looking at other people, we won’t hold grudges against them, or the “group” that we arbitrarily put them in. There will be no hard feelings. We can honestly get on our knees and pray for others.  Forgiveness will be a part of who we are.

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