We do like to judge people. Whether they are hip enough, fit enough, orthodox enough, liberal enough, or any assortment of rules and regulations we can come up with to justify both judging and being exclusive. These kinds of associations allow us to feel special, better even, than those whom we are judging and by that judgment, excluding.
I do not judge anyone who hears my words and does not keep them, for I cam not to judge the world but to save the world. Jesus leaves it up to God to judge. People come to an awakening in their own time, in their own way and some never make it, or seem not to by the standards we set. Perhaps that shouldn't be our focus at all and leave that to God. Perhaps we should be that radical and prophetic and inclusive and loving presence that Jesus models for us. Wouldn't that be something.
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