Today I almost got controversial. I started writing bloggerel about a pet peeve of mine. I started to feel righteously indignant about the behaviour of some Christian organisations. I felt that I was on a roll. I was ready to unload my angst and annoyance.
And then a still, small voice stopped me. It went something like this:
“He who is without sin post the first bloggage.”
So I deleted the text and started again.
I sin. And yet I find myself judging other people by higher standards than I achieve myself.
I find myself tutting about people in public life who have lied and been found out.
I shake my head in sorrow at people who have tried to cover up their mistakes.
I frown* at news reports of people who have failed morally.
And occasionally I notice someone doodling in the dirt. And after a while he looks up and says:
“The one who is without sin should tut the first tut; shake their head most vigorously; frown harder than anyone else.”
I am sorry for the occasions when I have let God down, and I need to include in that confession the times when I have judged others. That’s God’s job.
Be blessed, be a blessing
After a two-week criminal trial in a very high profile bank robbery case, the judge turns to the jury foreman and asks, “Has the jury reached a verdict on which you are all agreed?”
“Yes, we have, your honour,” The foreman responded.
“Do you find the defendant guilty, or not guilty of the charges in this case,” The judge asked sternly.
There was a dramatic pause.
“Not guilty on all counts,” stated the foreman.
The family and friends of the defendant jump for joy at the verdict and hug each other as they shout expressions of divine gratitude.
The man’s lawyer turns to his client to hug him, and then notices he had his hand up.
“Excuse me Judge,” asks the defendant. “Does that mean I can keep the money?”
*At least I would if it wasn’t for the Botox in my forehead at the moment (see Monday’s Bloggage)