Pride Produces Judgement

11:57 AM

I was standing at All Campus Worship the other day and I just couldn't help but feel like we are just missing the point. 
As I've discussed before, I attend a Christian college. Let me begin by saying that I love it here, really I do. I believe that God has called me here to be both challenged and fed. However, as I walk this campus and look around I see a lot of people, including myself who are getting it wrong.

There is a tension that exists on this campus and it's called pride. We believe we attend the most academically challenging, conservative theologically based school in the country. We think that our political views are the only correct way to handle the government. We think that the way we interpret the Bible is the divine work of the Holy Spirit. Maybe these things are unique to my school, but I think they can spark you to consider your life too.

Pride is a specialty of Satan. Why? Because with pride produces judgement. Because we self-righteous sinners look down on others, we begin to judge them. We join clubs, activities, and groups because we want to portray something about ourselves. Yet, when we watch someone, for example, join a sorority that doesn't hold to Christian values, we judge their motives. She just wants to meet boys. She secretly just wants to party. I don't really think she's saved. She shouldn't be friends with those people.


Look at Jesus. In Luke 5:27–32, 
After this he went out and saw a tax collector named Levi, sitting at the tax booth. And he said to him, “Follow me.” And leaving everything, he rose and followed him. And Levi made him a great feast in his house, and there was a large company of tax collectors and others reclining at table with them. And the Pharisees and their scribes grumbled at his disciples, saying, “Why do you eat and drink with tax collectors and sinners?” And Jesus answered them, “Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. I have not come to call the righteous but sinners to repentance.”
[Notice that Jesus doesn't hang out with these sinful people and start doing what they do. He went to be a light in the dark place. However, Jesus doesn't call us to only hang out with non-Christians. Jesus had disciples that He shared in fellowship with. We are supposed to have those people in our life.]

However, we are also called to step outside of that. Many religious figures accused Jesus of sinning with these people. In Matthew 11:19, 
“He came eating and drinking, and they say, ‘Look at him!’ A glutton and a drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and sinners!”  
It's scary to think people might see us like that too. However, that's not our problem. If we are humble and know that although we sin, we are set apart and try to live godly lives, it doesn't really matter what they say about us. It would be worse to be called hypocrites as we stand on the church steps and condemn the world of their sin. Please know that I'm not bashing Christian schools. Like I've said before, I think there's a great call for us here. As I walk around this campus, I am reminded that God's people come in all different shapes. There is a great need for Christ on this campus.

No matter where we are in life, we must remember the Lord's call to our life. If our aim is to glorify Christ, then we must love sinners and share with them the truth. We need to be accepting of the many paths God calls each person on, and understanding that we sin too.

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Regina is a junior at a small college in the middle of nowhere. She dreams of moving to California, painting, writing letters, thrifting, and cuddling with a dog.

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