A friend of mine was expressing her dissatisfaction about a pastor who is notorious in her church for singling out tithers for special prayers. The pastor in question, actually calls out tithing members to the altar to pray special blessings for them. After which he goes on to describe those who do not tithe as thieves who are robbing God because they do not tithe. Instead, he claims they spend money on ostentatious purchases, like name brand purses worth more than the money spent on food for the family. He explains that the Gucci bags they’ve adorned themselves with, are bought from money stolen from God. My friend is peeved by these comments, and rightly so.
However, I spoke up in defense of the pastor. If you can afford a thousand-dollar Gucci bag, and not tithing or giving a generous offering to the work of the Kingdom, that you claim citizenship of, and reap all the benefits of, then, you are probably not a good steward of the money God has placed in your possession.
Then again, I thought: who has called me to be the judge over others? God is not only going to hold us accountable for our “purses”, but our time as well; spent unwisely, doing unprofitable deeds, will have to be accounted for. We are all guilty of robbing God in so many other ways.
Your area of robbery may be that you lack control when your eyes fall on a Gucci bag that costs a thousand dollars and you can’t help but buy it, even when it’s way beyond your pocket; and mine might be the allure of a seemingly harmless, but time consuming, interest in watching TV programs like “Dance Moms”, “The Voice” or “America’s Got Talent”. Fancy how many minutes of a God-given day is spent on trivialities that steal our hearts away from Christ.
I believe this is the reason why we have been carefully admonished not to be the judge of others. Your responsibility is to take a good look at the man or woman in the mirror and, judge yourself, so you are not judged; while you’r doing so, I am reminded of a prayer common among the evangelical Christian folks. It’s a prayer of confession that goes like this…
“No weapon formed against me shall prosper,
Any tongue that rises in judgement against me is condemned…”
We pray it with such passion, that anyone sitting or standing around us
would think they were the “tongue” in question.
We forget that many who recant that prayer bring a curse
and condemnation on themselves. We judge others everyday. The ones whom we judge share the same faith in those prayers as we do.
So, the question now becomes: Whose tongue is condemning who?
Whenever you offer that prayer, search yourself so you don’t bring upon yourself curses and condemnation, and then wonder why things are not going right in your life.
Next thing you know, you start binding and casting out demons that are nothing more but the ones you’ve created yourself.
When the urge to judge someone else’s actions overcomes you, remember
you are an overcomer and resist the devil and he will flee from you, not towards you!
When you point one finger at your neighbor, guess how many fingers are saying “back at ya”? Four!
Have a great day!