Jesus said, “Judge not, lest you be judged. The same measure you use to judge others will be used on you.”
How well do you measure up as a Christian?
I was in Chicago a few weeks ago for Podcast Movement. Podcasters from all over the world are there to network and learn how to become better at what we do. I met some great people and quite a few said they would check out this podcast.
On one hand, I was elated. That’s what I want, to grow my audience and reach more people. On the other hand, I was afraid. These guys and ladies are good. Some are professionals . . . like from NPR. What would they think when they came and heard all my flaws?
Of course, every experience is fodder for another podcast, so I reflected on my fear. I thought how I feel the same anxiety when I meet other Christians. There’s a religious and theological dance that goes on when two Christians meet. You size each other up by doctrine and denomination to see if you agree enough to have a longer conversation.
If they are too liberal, conservative, fundamentalist, charismatic, Calvinist, Armenian, pre-trib, post-trib, prosperity gospel, dominion theology or think the Message translation is still inerrant, you don’t want to hang around them for too long. Just let them go on their way. You can’t risk having your own doctrine examined too closely or (gasp) challenged.
But I’m over this kind of posturing. I used to get my identity in having others agree with me and like me. I still want people to like me. And it’s a bonus if they sometimes agree with me. But my identity doesn’t come from other people. Jesus finally got it into my soul. My identity come from the fact that Jesus loves me. And that’s all I need.