Nehemiah 7-9; Romans 14

Romans 14:9-12  For this is why Christ died and came to life, that he might be Lord of both the dead and the living. Why then do you judge your brother? Or you, why do you look down on your brother? For we shall all stand before the judgment seat of God, for it is written:

“As I live, says the Lord, every knee shall bend before me, and every tongue shall give praise to God.”

 So [then] each of us shall give an account of himself [to God].

This another citation that can get people confused about “judging”.  Paul is referring to the judging that the Pharisees did; e.g. “You are a tax collector – a miserable sinner – and condemned by God.”  We are not to make judgments about what God sees in a person, or God’s plan for a person.  This is exactly why the Church has a process for declaring someone certainly in Heaven, but not one for being in Hell.  Not judging doesn’t mean accepting relativism: it is a spiritual work of mercy and love to admonish the sinner.  There is no greater love shown towards another person than desiring their salvation.  It is just there is a wrong way to admonish (With a bullhorn yell at a person “If you don’t stop <fill in the blank> you’ll BURN IN HELL!”) and a right way to admonish, although some of us are undoubtedly better than others at loving admonishment.  I probably despite my best efforts come across as Lou Grant interacting with Mary Richards:

And RIP Mary Tyler Moore, you were one of the greats. May perpetual light shine upon you.


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