June is Black Music Month! To celebrate, each of our EmpowerMoments will be based on Black music for the entire month. This includes Black songwriters, producers or performers. Stay tuned as we use various genres of Black music to tell our stories and exemplify the beauty of God’s love! He can be found virtually anywhere if we earnestly look for Him and listen intently! Happy Black Music Month! Dance as if no one is watching!
Some of the best judges I know are my brothers and sisters in Christ. Coming up in church, I learned it early. Our idea of fun was circling up and crackin’ on each other. My friends were quick to bust you out for saying the wrong thing, wearing the wrong clothes, or doing something they viewed as wrong.
Everything was all in fun early on, but as we got older things veered more toward gossip and judgmental attitudes. Whispers went up when one of the girls in the group got pregnant. Another person started getting left off of the guest list because they were considered lame. One of the boys in the group raised eyebrows because of his behavior that came too close to being gay. And don’t let a visitor come in! They were scrutinized to see if they fit what we found “acceptable”. If not, they were criticized and talked about. Yet we called ourselves Christians.
As I grew older, I realized how my judgmental attitude was hindering my witness. I would only share with people I felt comfortable with. I would size a person up and decide on my own whether or not they were “worth” me opening up about my faith to them. If they were, they got my loving gospel sharing self. If not, I might have thrown a “You need Jesus!” or an “I’m gonna pray for you” at them, but they didn’t get a loving presentation of the gospel. I was judging before I even opened my mouth, and I was seriously discrediting the power saving ability of Jesus Christ. Jesus told us, “Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.” Mark 16:15 KJV
Jesus didn’t say, “Go out and look for people who seem like they’d be good Christians.” He didn’t say, “Go look for people who have this kind of income.” He didn’t say to only go to one country and not another. Jesus said go into all the world and tell every creature about His goodness!
Jesus did it Himself. He didn’t mind kickin’ it with tax collectors – some of the most hated people of His day. He wasn’t too good to talk to a Samaritan woman who had been sleeping around. It was no problem for Him to offer the same healing grace to lepers – outcasts of His society. Jesus demonstrated there was no restriction to His love. Don’t allow judgment to stop you from being a witness. Don’t let what you see keep you from sharing Christ.
…for the LORD seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the LORD looketh on the heart. (1 Samuel 16:7 KJV)
There is not one heart on this planet that does not need Jesus. Who are we to stop them from having the opportunity to come to know the true Savior that they need?
Help me to see others like You see them. Help me to not look on their outward appearance, but to look at their hearts. Allow me to love the way you do, unconditionally. Let me not be moved by appearances when I witness, but to only be moved by Your Holy Spirit. In Jesus’ Name, Amen!
Today, I EMPOWER you to love the way Christ loved. You were transformed by the power of Jesus Christ, and that same transforming power is available to someone else. I EMPOWER you to share the gospel of Jesus to everyone you meet, no matter their background. As you lift up Christ, He will draw all men to Him!
Take a listen to Derek Minor’s Dear Mr. Christian that speaks to the issue of judging.
Tiara Wilkinson serves as the Youth Leader and on the Pastoral Care Team at Christ Worship Center in Riverdale, Illinois. She is currently pursuing her Masters in Christian Leadership at Liberty University. Tiara hosts a daily inspirational blog, “My Morning Ti”, which encourages Christians in their walk with the Lord. Her favorite passage of the Bible is Psalm 27 which reminds us that the Lord is our strength, so we have no reason to fear any thing.