Our oldest child started laughing at our youngest yesterday because she knew he was in trouble.
“Mommy, Walker is doing something he shouldn’t be doing. He’s sinning and that’s bad. Jesus doesn’t like it when we do bad things,” she proudly exclaimed.
She had this proud look on her face like she had the upper hand against her little brother. I could see the hypocritical scowl on her face and it bothered me.
Instead of telling her not to tattle or to mind her own p’s and q’s, I reminded her of this verse.
“So when they continued asking him, he lifted up himself, and said unto them, He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her.” (John 8:7)
I explained to her that we all sin and mess up. God doesn’t like it when we choose to sin but he still loves us. He doesn’t want us to do bad things because they will harm us either immediately or in time. Sin drives a wedge between us and God. Jesus came to save us from sin.
But we all sin. My sin is just as nasty as yours.
We have no right to cast stones at anyone when we are just as flawed as they are.
She had no right to laugh at her brother who was in trouble because she had been in his shoes many times before. Haven’t we all?
We have no right to laugh at nor judge those who are tangled up in sinful choices. Judging them for their actions knowing full-well you mess up too is just as sinful as being the one tangled up in the sinful choices.
Pray for those who are astray. Pray for the hypocrites. Pray for those who are somewhere in-between.
We have ALL been in each of those camps in our spiritual life.
Put your arm around them and let them know you’re there to help point them back to the way, truth, and life; Jesus Christ.
We can’t change someone’s actions or mind but we can point them to Jesus who is our miracle-worker.