Yesterday, I briefly referred to the current conversation that has gripped the world. And I will dive into that more next week. But for the next two days, let us focus on the holiday that is celebrated this weekend: Father’s Day.
This weekend we celebrate Dads around the world. Real Dads. Fathers that are involved in their children’s lives. Fathers that raise their children and help them become better . Fathers that teach them values that help progress us as a nation and a world. Fathers that raise their children to be good, outstanding citizens and Christians. Fathers that absolutely adore their children and would do anything for them. I have a Father like that, and he inspires me to be a better father myself because of the love and guidance he has always given me.
If we only celebrated true Dads, Fathers actually doing their job right, how many Fathers are we actually celebrating this weekend? But as you’ll see in the Devotional posted below, it’s not up to me to pass judgement on how men are behaving when they fail to be a father. God will do all the judging needed in due time.
13Therefore let us stop passing judgment on one another. Instead, make up your mind not to put any stumbling block or obstacle in the way of a brother or sister. (Romans 14:13)
Romans 14 verse 13 begins a paragraph of Paul presenting the argument of judging one another over the things we eat, as the Jewish were known to do in that time. In Paul’s day and age, the debate over what food was “clean” and what food was “unclean” was a hot button issue. Luckily, for all us bacon lovers, the “sin” of eating pork was washed away when Jesus appeared on scene and declared that it was not what went into our bodies that makes us unclean, but what comes out of our mouths (words) and hearts (actions) and our minds, which is what the verse above refers to: judging one another. In the age of social media, judging others has become a great sin. So many easily pass judgment on others through criticizing comments and trolling tweets. And then there are so many that constantly post judgment after judgment against others, whether we know them personally or are judging influential figures in our lives. The point is that our opinions of others do not matter. God will judge us all at the end of our lives. Do not waste a single moment of your life judging others. Spread joy, not judgment.
Reading plan: 1 Corinthians 9, 10
Deeper reading plan: Psalms 146, 147, 148, 149, 150
Prayer and meditation: Pray for our country. Pray for love to conquer all. Pray that Christ infects our hearts and ignites a final fire of revival to sweep this land.
Fitness challenge: Run a 5k for time!
Serve Day: Get out, get involved. Cities need to be cleaned, the broken need to be loved.