Practicing What We Preach
Jim looks at Betty on this hot Sunday as they sit in their church pew waiting for the service to begin; "Did you see Bill? He was smoking a cigarette in the parking lot. Sure seems a waste his coming into our church after doing that." Hmmm, Betty thinks to herself. Who is Jim to judge Bill when he weighs 300+ pounds and eats at McDonald's almost every day.
Evelyn is one of the most active members of the Pentecostal church she has attended for nearly 35 years. Madeline walks in for the first time and has a dress on that is hemmed just above the knees. Evelyn looks at the young woman and gets disgusted. She marches straight up to her and gives her a towel and says she must cover herself during service. Madeline is so embarrassed she immediately walks out of the church. Pastor Ed watched the whole encounter; he says to himself he must have a talk with Evelyn as he watches her pick up the towel and sees that the front of her blouse that is low-cut slips exposing her bra. He hopes the tape in the security camera is running so he has evidence for the discussion they will have.
John is sitting at the bar talking to Ronald the bartender. John is tipsy again as he is daily about this time after he comes to his bar after working his factory job. Just then Earnest walks in and orders a Coke. Ronald serves the Coca Cola to Earnest and notices John waving him over. John tells the bartender how it is so terrible that Earnest has a son that is a pothead. "The kid smokes that marijuana every day and works at the car lot selling cars. Why don't they fire him?" Ron recalls how 6 months earlier John had left his bar and had crashed in his drunken stupor into a carload of kids. One of the teens was pronounced dead two days later from the accident. John had the best attorney in town and was found not guilty as they claimed the teens were going 12 miles an hour over the speed limit. As Ron mixed John's next drink, he put 1/2 the alcohol that he normally gives and told John last one and it's on the house. Ron was disgusted with John's judgmental statement about Earnest's boy who had never been in trouble except when he got arrested for possession of a marijuana pipe about 1 year ago.
I Am Guilty
I am guilty of not practicing what I preach. I would gamble that everyone is in one form or another.
Yes we must use discernment in dealing with people. If we had a problem once with alcohol it is probably best we stay away from those who are still drinking.
If we have an issue with overeating it is wise not to go out with friends to the local buffet.
Let's let God judge others on how they are with Him though. Jesus was really pretty clear on that subject. Offering suggestions is one thing. Sharing our experiences is one thing, but judging others on their salvation is a completely different thing.
Philippians 2:12 says that we are to work out our own salvation with fear and trembling.
It doesn't say we are to work out our friends or families salvation; just ours.
Let's try a bit harder to think before we judge another. Let's try to practice what we preach. If everyone did that, this world would probably be a whole lot more peaceful.
Below is a couple links to articles on this very subject. I found them helpful, maybe you will too!
© G.L. Boudonck
- Practicing What We Preach - Was Herbert W. Armstrong the Elijah to Come?
How to obtain God's empowerment in preaching the gospel by practicing what we preach. We have to be willing to do what we tell others to do. This means not saying that Herbert W. Armstrong's doctrines can't be chanced because he was the Elijah to com
- "PREACHING WITHOUT PRACTICING!") - by Rev. Dennis Marquardt
- Practice What You Preach Articles by H.E. Phillips: Study the Bible on the Internet. Bible study, se
Practice What You Preach, Articles, Bible study with materials produced by H.E. Phillips. Study the Bible on the Internet. Sermons, articles, podcast, books, topical index.
© 2011 Greg Boudonck