Do not judge, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn, and you will not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven. Luke 6:37
No matter how you dice it, failure sucks. Sucks us in, sucks us down, and sucks others in around us.
For Christians, I think failure can suck more for us than for others. We know non-believers are watching us. Some of them are watching and prowling around like a lion, waiting to pounce and devour us. The bummer is, we know at some point, we are going to feed them what they want because we’re humans and humans fail.
When we Christians take our lives to a public arena, we open ourselves up even more to it. Not only are we watched by those seeking to devour us, we’re being watched by fellow believers. That’s a heavy burden. Again, we know we’re going to slip up because we’re humans and humans fail.
The scariest part of being out in the public eye, is that if you slip up, it’s going to be recorded forever by someone. There is always someone out there looking for a slip up by a Christian so they can prove that we’re liars, hateful, sinful, and/or failures. The thing is, we are! That’s no secret. We’re not God. We are just seeking after Him. Trailing after Him.
God is infallible. Christians are failures who have been redeemed by a perfect, loving, and holy God. We make mistakes. We slip up. We miss the mark.
So the next time you see a sister in Christ say the wrong thing, or explain something in the wrong way, or fail in life; don’t judge her. Love her just as Christ loved you. We’re all going to fall down. Let’s hope there are those who love us enough to come along side and pick us back up and keep loving us!