Lenten Devotional: Saturday, April 13
“I do not judge anyone who hears my words and does not keep them, for I came not to judge the world, but to save the world.” John 12:47
“For God did not call us to impurity but in holiness.” Christians are called to live righteously, which on the surface is difficult to disagree. But in practice, what is the meaning of “living righteously”? By what criteria should one’s actions be judged?
I once had this vision of former Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams debating 400 other theologians on “true” teachings. It is strange that “Both read the same Bible and pray to the same God, and each invokes His aid against the other.” The truth is that the Bible has no tongue and has to be interpreted and interpretations are done by people.
Considering how the sun continually lights our world, yet we cannot see light except in what it touches. It is not the purpose of the sun’s shining to cast shadows, but when the sun shines, shadows are inevitable. We all cast shadows under Jesus’ illumination. It is a fruitless debate as to who casts a smaller shadow; who is less of a sinner.
Furthermore, humans tend to fuse judgment with reality. Instead of having a spacious, still mind, judgment narrows our perception and impacts our attitude towards others, which often leads to a dissatisfied, unhappy life.
Jesus taught us that rather than being judgmental, being divisive, we were born into this planet not to create problems, but to bring some benefits. To be the good Samaritan. Thus,
Let us love not only the people who agree with Rowan Williams, but also follow Christians who disagree. Let us be hospitable not only to brethren of Christ’s Body, but to all humanity. Let us affirm the sacredness not only of human beings, but all sentient beings.