Falling Short

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It infuriates me when people call out what they believe to be the shortcomings and misdeeds of others, yet conveniently ignore their own. Particularly on my mind is this: I'm a Christian, and I'm just disgusted by other Christians who speak out against the LGBT community in demeaning, threatening, or accusatory ways.

In Matthew chapter 7, Jesus himself is recorded as saying:

3"Why do you look at the speck that is in your brother's eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye? 4 "Or how can you say to your brother, 'Let me take the speck out of your eye,' and behold, the log is in your own eye? 5 "You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother's eye."

It's a pretty clear message. Think about yourself before you judge someone else—you have just as many, if not more, flaws. Romans 3:23 establishes (emphasis mine) "for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God." Ecclesiastes 7:20 says "There is not a righteous man on earth who does what is right and never sins." Sin is a great equalizer, a binary condition: you either have or you haven't. This makes the comparison of one's sins to another's meaningless.

You believe in neither God nor sin? Fine, let's look at it a different way.

You hear this next one at weddings a lot. 1 Corinthians 13:4–5 reads:

4 Love is patient, love is kind and is not jealous; love does not brag and is not arrogant, 5 does not act unbecomingly; it does not seek its own, is not provoked, does not take into account a wrong suffered…

1 John 4:8 and 4:16 state that "God is love." If God is love, and love is all of those things above… you can directly infer that He really wouldn't want His followers to accuse and belittle others. As such, anyone who explicitly calls out the (supposed) sins of others is flying in the face of the teachings of their own faith.


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