Judging others on social media

I have seen two examples of the importance of not judging others on the social media this week. One involved a speech made in parliament and the other and incident at a sporting event.

The incident at the sporting event was a man pouring some of his can of beer on an opposition player who was on the floor near him. Something that no-one should do and it caused a social media storm of outrage.

However the next day we find out that the man was 83 and “has some cognitive impairment and does not recall the incident.” His family apologised and he will not attend any more games. You can read the story here.

In another incident that caused a social media storm we see a politician did not stand at the end of an emotional speech to the Victorian Parliament. Rosie Batty, the Australian of the Year, made an emotional speech about the domestic violence.

Every member of parliament stood at the end of the speech except one. He was condemned on social media and it made news. It made such a stir that he had to release a statement.

“For very personal and private reasons I chose not to stand,” he said in a statement.

“Family violence is an issue of incredible sensitivity to me and my family and at some point I will be making a public contribution about the indiscriminate nature of family violence.

“I am very passionate about dealing with the scourge of family violence and supporting all those who are victims of it, male and female.”

In both cases it seems there was a lot more going on that what we could see on the surface. One had cognitive issues and it seems the other understood family violence personally.

This leaves me to wonder why people are so quick to judge others on social media. We need to be less offended and react less to things we see around us. None of us really know the full story straight away.

Remember it is up to God to judge because He is the only one who sees everything and knows our hearts of all people.

I will finish this post with two Bible verses.

“So don’t make judgments about anyone ahead of time—before the Lord returns. For he will bring our darkest secrets to light and will reveal our private motives. Then God will give to each one whatever praise is due.” (1 Corinthians 4:5 NLT)

““Do not judge others, and you will not be judged. For you will be treated as you treat others. The standard you use in judging is the standard by which you will be judged.” (Matthew‬ ‭7:1-2‬ ‭NLT)‬‬

Reflect and remember

In the book of 1 Samuel we are reminded to remember all the good things and blessings God had given us.

In 1 Samuel 12:24 it says, “But be sure to fear the LORD and faithfully serve him. Think of all the wonderful things he has done for you.”

I think sometimes we can fall into the trap of being hyper focused on what we are doing now or planning to do, that we forget to take time to remember all the good things God has done.

We need to slow down and reflect backwards on all the blessings and help God has given us to this point. When we do, we find ourselves being thankful to God and stronger in our faith.

What good things has God done for you in the last weeks and months? Why not take some time to pause and think about that today?

God Bless,
Dave

Christians and Bible reading

One thing I realised as a new Christian was that I had to read and study the Bible. I knew it was a key for my growth.

I learned early on that there is life, wisdom and hope for the future in the Bible. I needed these things and I needed to read and meditate on it daily. I am so glad I did as it has changed my life dramatically.

Many times I have met Christians over the years who are strong, stable and have a peace about them. When I ask them what their secret is, it nearly always comes down to daily prayer and Bible reading.

Over the years I have tried different reading programs. Sometimes it is a chapter a day, a Bible theme a week, or reading between the chapter headings. But is all involves taking time afterwards to think about it.

Taking the reflection time allows the Word to sink in. When we meditate on what we have read it allows the Holy Spirit to work with the Word to change us from the inside out. This is something we all need desperately.

Today I would encourage you to begin reading the Bible each day. Start with a couple of verses and work your way up to a chapter. And make sure you take time to think about what you read and ask God to help you understand and apply it.

We have a number of plans on our Bible readings page that can help. You can find them here.

God Bless,
Dave

Remember no more

Isaiah 43:25 tells us that God blots out our sins and remembers them no more. It says, “I—yes, I alone—will blot out your sins for my own sake and will never think of them again.”

I was thinking about this today and how at times we remember things we should forget. I wonder if we should be more like God in that way. Should we remember certain things no more?

Here are three things I think we should choose to forget…

  1. Past hurts – times when we have been hurt in the past and they carry through to today. Maybe we should remember them no more.
  2. Past words – times when people have spoken mean or wrong thigs over us. Maybe we should remember them no more.
  3. Past sins – time when we have fallen short of God’s standards. God has forgiven us. Maybe we should remember them no more.

Today I would encourage you to let go of things from the past. Don’t carry baggage from the past that is not meant for today or the future.

God Bless,
Dave