“Those people are on a dark spiral downward. But if you think that leaves you on the high ground where you can point your finger at others, think again.” Romans 2:1
Paul warned the Roman that when we point our finger at someone, God, who is hard to distract, sees all our misdoings. And, he reminds me that just because I’m a “nice person,” I can’t expect God to be one, too, and not judge me for my behavior. I deserve to be judged. When I point a finger at someone, I need to remember I have four pointing back at me.
Paul also said, “God is kind, but he’s not soft. In kindness he takes us firmly by the hand and leads us into a radical life-change.”(Romans 2:4) So, what can I do to quit pointing fingers at another person? I can start with the four pointing back at me and examine why I feel compelled to judge anyone. I can be more flexible and adaptive to ideas of others, and being less structured in my perceptions of other people.
I have been known to think a parent is neglectful when he or she strays while shopping. But I should remember when my eldest daughter was nearly three, and she wondered out of a mall anchor store and was found in the mall corridor by a neighbor who just happened to be shopping that day. They probably mentally wagged their fingers at me, too.
Lord, help us check our attitudes before we pick on someone else. Amen.