President Obama has been the target of merciless judgment by many members of the Christian community since he has been in office. For a self-proclaimed Christian this kind of judgment is a mockery when compared to the mercy a follower of Christ receives through salvation and is renewable towards them daily from the God of creation.
Most Christians know that Jesus Christ didn’t even come into the world to judge the world (John 3:16-17). In Christ’s own words he said, “…I did not come to judge the world, but to save the world” (John 12:47). There will be a day of judgment of course (Acts 17:30-31; 2 Peter 3:7; Jude 6), and that day is preserved for God’s time.
Nobody is to pass judgment on anybody before that day (1 Corinthians 4:4-5). Yes, we should be able to judge what is right and what is wrong, but it is not the job of any self-proclaim Christian to punish people they deem is too sinful through negative words, attitudes, and behaviors.
In truth, no Christian is perfect. Each individual from the Christian faith is in the process of becoming Christ-like, but no one has arrived yet. There is no greater or lesser sin in God’s sight. A lie has equal standing with adultery and adultery has equal standing with murder. Therefore, sin is not determined by comparable measures and cannot be “shown partiality” regardless of views that imply “your sin is worse than mine.”
Some Christian scream about the abuses of their American freedom through abortion and homosexual rights, but are often silent in their campaigns against pornography which affects 47% of Christian homes. It is said that if Christians would stop watching pornography the multi-billion dollar industry would go under.
The divorce rate of 51% among Christian marriages is just as high as those among non-Christians. While Christians are judging others; the same “others” are judging Christians just like the bible said. “Judge not and you shall not be judged. For with the same judgment you judge others, you shall be judged” (Matthew 7:1-2).
There are a lot of self-proclaimed Christians in the political and public arena judging President Obama and what they believed is his host of sins against the Christian Faith community. They have called him everything, but a child of God. Is this what Jesus would have done? Is this what the bible teaches his followers to do?
Those of the Christian Faith community enjoy a life that has been delivered from “judgment” their sins would have wroth had it not been for Jesus Christ. Christ was judged in their place. Instead of judgment and punishment, Christians enjoy the endless and daily mercy of God through Jesus Christ.
Mercy is demonstrated in this human way: A young girl had done something wrong. She felt bad and believed she deserved punishment. Instead her mother hugged her and showed her God’s mercy. The young girl cried at her mother’s kindness. She learned that you don’t have to focus on judging a person’s wrong, but that Godly love is convicting all by itself. She decided never to do “that” particular wrong again.
Sometimes it’s the simple truths that are most profound. The God of the Christian Faith community delights in mercy and highly pushes an agenda with his followers that mercy will always triumph over judgment.
You won’t see mature and transformed Christians, who have personally experienced the awesome and daily mercies of God; shouting unloving judgments at President Obama or anyone else. Instead - because they have known the depth of God’s mercy through Jesus Christ - they are able to extend that mercy to others all around them.
“…For judgment will be merciless to one who has shown no mercy; MERCY TRIUMPHS OVER JUDGMENT.” James 2:13
“Who is a God like you, who forgives iniquity and passes over the transgression of the remnant of His heritage? He retains not His anger forever, because He delights in mercy and loving-kindness” (Micah 7:18).
“But I say to you, love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you; that you may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he makes his sun to rise on the evil and on the good…” Matthew 5:44-45a
God delights in Mercy.
As Jesus Christ is, so are His Christians in this world (1 John 4:17).