I want to do a blog on judgment – and our uses of it in basic life. I am going to present a series of scenarios and I would like to see how people answer them. I do not think judgment is a ‘bad’ thing per se – I mean we all use it everyday of our lives to determine what we like and dislike.
Scenario 1 (Marriage/Divorce)
A woman is in an abusive relationship – physically, mentally, and emotionally. She wants to leave her husband even though she is advised by church counsellors to work out the problems. She is told if she leaves and re-marries she is committing adultery. She met another man that is kind of ideal as a life mate.
What would you advise the lady to do?
Scenario 2 (Role Modelling)
A man lives quite a hard life and is on his deathbed. He has been to jail for many violent crimes and drank the majority of his life. He has lot touch with his family and has forgone his duties as a parent to his 3 kids and wife – for the majority of his life. He has cheated on his life partner and although he felt remorse – it didn’t stop him from doing it more than once. He accepts Christ on his deathbed.
Another person lives quite an ideal life and is now on his deathbed. He has been a great family man and always took care of his wife and 3 kids. He worked a job his whole life and will leave his family with quite a bit after he passes. He got along with everyone he knew and also was quite charitable with what he owned. This person does not accept Christ on his deathbed.
Who would you hold up as the better role model to youth at a bible study?
Scenario 3 (Justification)
A fundamentalist Christian and more liberal Christian meet for coffee one day. The fundamentalist person prays over their snack, talks about his great evangelism exploits, and even mentions his tithing. The more liberal person stopped attending church a while back, does not pray in public, and believes the best testimony one can give is to live morally.
The fundamentalist after hearing all of this – asks to pray with the liberal person to accept Christ into their life. The liberal person has done this in the past and refuses to do it again. The fundamentalist person then tells the liberal person ‘they are no longer a Christian’ as far as can be seen. The liberal person is not happy with this judgment and leaves the room frustrated and close to tears.
Who goes home justified in this conversation? Basically, Who do you think acted more Christian?
***The last one is a take on a parable – can you guess which one?