By Toni Rittenhouse
Time is one of life’s best teachers. But even time can’t change some people. I use to think that pointing out the sin in others lives was my way of helping. How wrong I was, I saw the effect it had on them, they ran from me. The Holier than thou attitude does right the opposite of what Jesus intended. Look at the woman they brought before him for adultery. He didn’t jump and grab a stone to hit her, instead he made those who were about to stone her aware of their own failures. Then he said, neither do I condemn you. The story of the shepherd leaving the 99 to go find the one stray sheep says it all! We’re not to worry about those inside the church, but those outside. Those whose life has been turned upside down by choices and circumstances.
The world has dished out enough pain and sorrow, folks who don’t know God don’t need a sermon. What they do need is love, compassion and understanding. They don’t need judgment, they need to know that there is a seat reserved for them beside you at church. They don’t need to worry about what they have to wear or to drive. Jesus didn’t invite just those with fine things to come follow him, as a matter of fact, many of his followers were thieves, murderers, adulterers etc. They were people that society would have looked down on. Jesus saw their true value.
The only job we have is to lead others to Jesus through love, the condemnation should not even be found in our mouths. Sermons are to be taught at church by a man called of God. We can share what we know if asked, but we shouldn’t shove it down anyone’s throat. Jesus knows best how to bring the truth to them without hurting feelings. So let’s just get them to church and let Jesus do what he does best, love them and teach them.
I am a Sunday School teacher and run three websites for different ministers. I am a mom of two boys and married to a wonderful, loving, forgiving man. I am blessed.