There I stood along with others..in worship of the Creator, the one and only God. And then I looked..not above..but to my neighbour and what is this?? Why is he not lifting his arms? what is that she is wearing? how can they come to church like this?
Have you ever found yourself asking similar questions? It’s called “passing judgement” on others.
As believers in Christ, we tend to be self-righteous (without knowing it, often). We think we are right and the other person is wrong. Well the first thing we have to understand is that – the other person is our neighbour. Jesus never said “pass judgement on your neighbour” but He said, “Love thy neighbour”. Love is supposed to “suffer long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil” (1 Corinthians 13: 4, 5)
In praise & worship, we often get distracted by our surroundings and the people standing around us. We pass judgement on them (atleast in our minds). I know I have. But what right do we have to do that? They are here to worship Him just the way we are. They have the same rights that we have.
What is important – is knowing the Father’s heart – for you, me and them. And that is what our priority should be. And that learning can be got from the Bible.
If God accepts a person with torn jeans and tight t-shirt to worship Him, who are we to pass judgement on them? If we can’t control our emotions when we see them that way, that is our fault, not theirs!
Focus on the One who is to be focussed on and enjoy your worship today!