December 12, 2008
It's a delightful day folks. A snowstorm is brewing and we at the rabidrunner household are smiling brightly in anticipation. The undies of the rabidrunner, however, are in an uproar. (I could say my undies are in an uproar but the third person reference is more fun. For simplicity I'll start using the first person - however boring that may be...)
Anyway. Let's just start this post by saying that I try my hardest to be a good Christian. I am far, far, far from perfect. I have plenty of faults. I tend to be cynical when inappropriate. I also have a strong opinion - but I respect others and their opinions even when different. Most of all, I try with all of my might not to judge. You have your stuff/issues. I have mine.
I'm sure you're wondering when I'll get to the uproarious undies part of the post. So here you go (and brace yourself 'cause it might be a doozy).
When, when, WHEN do you or I have a right to call another human being to repentance? When do you or I get to "damn" someone? When do you or I have the authority to label someone as a "sinner"?
Would you care for some background? I heard you say, "why, sure" so here goes. I've become particularly fond of a certain witty, insightful, talented little blogger (mostly her blog as I've never met her personally, but that's beside the point). For now we'll just keep that a mystery and call her Marge.
In one of Marge's creations (she doesn't just blog, she creates), Marge expressed an opinion about the behavior of children in church. Specifically, it was about kids bringing toys and whatnot. She didn't condemn anyone. Her intent was to point out the garish distraction of toys at church. I agree with her.
Long story short, someone took issue with her opinion and told her to see her bishop. Said she'd "feel better."
I believe a certain Someone (who we just so happen to be celebrating the Birth of) said something once. I'm going to repeat it:
"He who that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone." John 8:7
The end. Undies now nice and loose.