“The juice goes out of Christianity when it becomes too based on faith rather than on living like Jesus or seeing the world as Jesus saw it.” – Steve Jobs
Steve Jobs was basically saying, as I look at Christianity, the juice goes out of it when it’s all about what a person believes as opposed to how a person treats people.
When you hear the words “church” and “judgment” in the same sentence, what comes to mind? Perhaps you cringe at mental images of Christians protesting in public. Maybe you think back to a bad church experience where you felt condemned. Or maybe, like most people, you’re just confused.
Whether you consider yourself a church person or not, chances are you’ve been frustrated with this whole idea of judgment and the church. You’ve probably encountered those “judgmental” Christians who go around trying to police the business of others. But doesn’t the Bible teach that you’re not supposed to judge others in the first place?
Not exactly. Here’s the deal: the Bible doesn’t tell Christians not to judge, the Bible tells Christians who to judge.
See, the reason some of you don’t want anything to do with the church is in the past you’ve felt like there was a group of Christians judging you for your behavior. You never signed up to act the way they wanted you to act to begin with, but you still felt judged by them. And that isn’t your fault; it’s our fault. The church is notorious for policing the behavior of people outside the church, while we do a very poor job policing the behavior of people inside the church. That’s a problem, and it’s not at all what the church was intended to be.
In fact, Jesus himself said, “By this one thing all men will know you’re my followers: how you love one another.” But at some point along the way, once the church got some power, we decided, “We’re not going to leverage love anymore. We’ll leverage some other things.” And anytime the church leverages something other than love, we go backwards, not forwards.
So the bottom line is that those inside the church are supposed to love one another and to stop judging those who aren’t Jesus followers. We should love each other and serve each other so that people are drawn in and impacted by observing how we live and how we love.
It’s your move.