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Rant: Trying not to Judge

I recently posted a Devotional from the “Stillspeaking people” about how we should avoid judging people.

I did NOT get thru the day without seeming to break my commitment to be more understanding, to try harder to understand how people can arrive at the political, religious, and spiritual positions so at odds from mine.

Let me rephrase that:

“…to try harder to understand how people who avow that they are Christianscan arrive at the political, religious, and spiritual positions so at odds from mine.”

Is it judgemental to wonder what the motivation is of “christians” – religious figures/leaders, politians, spokespersons, politcos – who tell the most outrageous lies?

Is it judgemental to wonder what the motivation is of “christians” – religious figures/leaders, politians, spokespersons, politcos – who feed racial dividions by promoting and speading bseless sterotypes?

Is it judgemental to wonder what the motivation is of “christians” – religious figures/leaders, politians, spokespersons, politcos – who impute the most horrible motivations to anyone and everyone who is the least bit different from them and/or their base in order to raise money or gain polircal office?

Is it judgemental to wonder what the motivation is of “christians” – religious figures/leaders, politians, spokespersons, politcos – who call Donald Trump, Glen Beck, Newt Gringrich, and Rush Limbaugh Christians, but refuse to acknowledge that Obama is a Christian?

Is it judgemental if when it comes to these “christians” – religious figures/leaders, politicians, spokespersons, politcos – I stop calling these people “my brothers and sisters in Christ”?

Seriously yours,
Ninure da Hippie

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The commandments, “You shall not commit adultery; You shall not murder; You shall not steal; You shall not covet,” and any other commandment, are summed up in this word, “Love your neighbor as yourself.”
– Romans 13:9

I object to violence because when it appears to do good, the good is only temporary — the evil it does is permanent.
– Mahatma Gandhi

In many parts of the world the people are searching for a solution which would link the two basic values: peace and justice. The two are like bread and salt for mankind.
– Lech Walesa
from his Nobel Lecture

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AMBIGUOUS RECOMMENDATIONS

AMBIGUOUS RECOMMENDATIONS

Robert Thornton, a professor of economics at Lehigh University in Bethlehem, PA, was, like many teachers, frustrated about having to write letters of recommendation for people with dubious qualifications, so he put together an arsenal of statements that can be read two ways. He calls his collection the “Lexicon of Inconspicuously Ambiguous Recommendations”, or LIAR, for short.

Thornton explains that LIAR may be used to offer a negative opinion of the
personal qualities, work habits or motivation of the candidate while allowing
the candidate to believe that it is high praise.

Some examples from LIAR:

* To describe a person who is extremely lazy: “In my opinion, you will be very
fortunate to get this person to work for you.”

* To describe a person who is totally inept: “I most enthusiastically
recommend this candidate with no qualifications whatsoever.”

* To describe an ex-employee who had problems getting along with fellow
workers: “I am pleased to say that this candidate is a former colleague of mine.”

* To describe a candidate who is so unproductive that the job would be better
left unfilled: “I can assure you that no person would be better for the job.”

* To describe a job applicant who is not worth further consideration: “I would
urge you to waste no time in making this candidate an offer of employment.”

* To describe a person with lackluster credentials: “All in all, I cannot say
enough good things about this candidate or recommend him too highly.”

Robert Thornton is right, isn’t he? We don’t like to hurt people’s feelings, but we don’t want to be totally dishonest either, so we are excited to find a way to be ambiguous. We call it ambiguity, speaking a half-truth, using mental reservation, twisting the truth a bit, being ambivalent. Perhaps at least Thornton was more honest when he called his collection “LIAR”.

It may be that no Christian characteristic has suffered more in the workplace than honesty. It shouldn’t be that way. Jesus wants his people to be known as a people of truth. It is important that those around us can trust what we say without wondering whether we really mean it or not.

“Therefore, putting away lying, each one speak truth with his neighbor, for we are members of one another.” (Ephesians 4:25).

Have a great day (and I say that in all truth)!

Alan Smith
Helen Street Church of Christ
Fayetteville, North Carolina

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The Fourteenth Station: Jesus Is Laid In The Tomb

Scripture

Now there was a man named Joseph, a member of the Council, a good and upright man, who had not consented to their decision and action. He came from the Judean town of Arimathea, and he himself was waiting for the kingdom of God.  Going to Pilate, he asked for Jesus’ body. Then he took it down, wrapped it in linen cloth and placed it in a tomb cut in the rock, one in which no one had yet been laid.  It was Preparation Day, and the Sabbath was about to begin. The women who had come with Jesus from Galilee followed Joseph and saw the tomb and how his body was laid in it. Then they went home and prepared spices and perfumes. But they rested on the Sabbath in obedience to the commandment.  (Luke 23: 50-56. See also John 19:38-42, Mark 15:42-47, Matthew 27: 57-66.)

The Fourteenth Station: Jesus Is Laid In The Tomb.

The Thirteenth Station: Jesus’ Body is Removed From the Cross

Scripture

“Now it was the day of Preparation, and the next day was to be a special Sabbath. Because the Jews did not want the bodies left on the crosses during the Sabbath, they asked Pilate to have the legs broken and the bodies taken down. The soldiers therefore came and broke the legs of the first man who had been crucified with Jesus, and then those of the other. But when they came to Jesus and found that he was already dead, they did not break his legs. Instead, one of them pierced Jesus’ side with a spear, bringing a sudden flow of blood and water … Later, Joseph of Arimathea asked Pilate for the body of Jesus. Now Joseph was a disciple of Jesus, but secretly because he feared the Jews. With Pilate’s permission, he came and took the body away” (John 19:31-34, 38)

References in the Meditation to Psalm 34:20; Isaiah 53:8; Zechariah 12:10; Matthew 12:48,49; 27:57,58; Mark 15:40-45; Luke 2:25-38; 23:50-54; John 3:5; 15:5,13; 17:23; 19:25-40; Hebrews 1:3 1 John 5:6-8.

The Thirteenth Station: Jesus’  Body is Removed From the Cross.

The Twelfth Station: Jesus Dies On The Cross

Scripture

From noon to three, the whole earth was dark. Around mid-afternoon Jesus groaned out of the depths, crying loudly, “Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani?” which means, “My God, my God, why have you abandoned me?”

Some bystanders who heard him said, “He’s calling for Elijah.” One of them ran and got a sponge soaked in sour wine and lifted it on a stick so he could drink. The others joked, “Don’t be in such a hurry. Let’s see if Elijah comes and saves him.”

But Jesus, again crying out loudly, breathed his last.

At that moment, the Temple curtain was ripped in two, top to bottom. There was an earthquake, and rocks were split in pieces. What’s more, tombs were opened up, and many bodies of believers asleep in their graves were raised. (After Jesus’ resurrection, they left the tombs, entered the holy city, and appeared to many.)

The captain of the guard and those with him, when they saw the earthquake and everything else that was happening, were scared to death. They said, “This has to be the Son of God!” (Matthew 27:45-54, The Message. See also Mark 15: 33-39, Luke 23: 44-49, John 19: 28-30, John 6: 41-58, Matthew 7: 12.)

a The Twelfth Station: Jesus Dies On The Cross.

The Eleventh Station: Jesus is Nailed to the Cross

Scripture

“They brought Jesus to the place called Golgotha (which means The Place of the Skull). Then they offered him wine mixed with myrrh, but he did not take it. And they crucified him …” (Mark 15:22-24, with references in Meditation to Genesis 22:1-18, Zechariah 13:1, Matthew 27:33-44, Mark 15:22-32, Luke 23:32-43, John 19:18-24, 2 Corinthians 5:21, Galatians 2:20.)

The Eleventh Station: Jesus is Nailed to the Cross.

Tenth Station: Jesus Is Stripped Of His Garments

Scripture

And they crucified him, and parted his garments, casting lots: that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, They parted my garments among them, and upon my vesture did they cast lots. (Matthew 27: 35, NIV. See also Genesis 3: 7 and Matthew 21:18.)

Tenth Station: Jesus Is Stripped Of His Garments.

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