I just found out that one of our 15-year-old son’s friends whom I had pegged in my mind as “Least Likely to Succeed,” is on the varsity tennis team at the high school (he’s the second best player on the team), plans on attending the University of Helsinki where his uncle is a professor (that means he’s fluent in at least two languages) and plans on a career in cancer research. I was on the varsity tennis team when I was in high school (sixth best on a team of seven). I asked him if we could play sometime and would he teach me a few things.
I wrote the book on Pharisees, but it’s obviously been a while since I read it. The title is 12 Steps for the Recovering Pharisee (like me), and step number one is: “We admit that our single most unmitigated pleasure is to judge other people.” You can see that I haven’t been to a P.A. meeting in a long time.
If we’re going to be in Gideon’s army, it helps to know who we’re fighting. In this case, our enemy is the tendency to judge others. The world does not need more people who judge, and most certainly God doesn’t. There’s only one judge of the world and I hear He’s offering forgiveness right now in large amounts.
Here’s what changed it for me. All I did was ask, “Hey, who are you?” and boy was I surprised. Not “How are you?” or “What do you do?” but “Who are you?” That’s a deeper question with a longer answer, but the answer will tell you that your judgment was wrong. Win this battle enough times and you will stop judging altogether and instead, get excited about who you’re going to meet next. So many people … so little time … and Christ in you who loves them all equally.
Picture, if you will, 300 people who have eradicated judgment in their lives (we knock down that idol first) going forth with weapons of love, mercy and compassion and looking for every opportunity to find out from the people they meet, “Hey … who are you?” Imagine what God could do with 300 people like that? Don’t you want to be in that army?
It’s time to get serious about being in Gideon’s 300. This is not just a story to have fun with for a couple weeks; it’s a call to arms, and in the next few days, we’re going to find examples of what that call entails. But as for me, as I would imagine for most of you, it will mean some major changes in my life.
Just as long as we always remember, the power to change comes through our weakness and God’s strength, and almost always with strange and unexpected weapons in our hands. It’s time for a win. Let’s get around our fears and judgments and get to loving people unconditionally with the love of Christ. Think of the difference we can make!
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