Thursday, February 4, 2016

We ARE Called Upon to Judge

A friend just sent me a link to a story about the rehabilitation of an abused Tennessee Walker Horse. That is what my latest book is about! (click here to buy book ) Here is the link to the article if you want to see it: http://www.horsenation.com/2016/02/03/saving-theo-the-journey-of-a-tennessee-walking-horse/

What is sad is that this abusive practice to make horses win shows has been going on for seventy years...or so. There have been laws to curtail it since 1970, but it persists! Trainers who do this are devious in hiding it, and if confronted, say it doesn't hurt the horse. Since winning shows with these abused horses is a big-money industry, there is a cloak of collusion around those who practice it.

This is the nature of sin. It is easy to rationalize. It is easy to find others involved in that sin that will support the sinner, and make them feel justified in their transgression.

The Bible says, "The heart is deceitful above all else. Who can know it?"

The first act of returning to God involves recognizing the nature of sin. So few people dare to confront sin not only in themselves, but in others. They will be branded as critical and judgemental. I face that every single day when I volunteer on the sidewalks of the abortion center to try to turn women from killing their unborn babies.

It is not kindness to turn a blind eye to sin. Not in ourselves. Not in others. Sin will destroy us. Sin thrives in secrecy and silence. Speak up. Be courageous. Confront the sin in yourself first, and don't be afraid, despite your own imperfections, to challenge those who are on a path of destruction.

We are commanded to judge! Judge with RIGHT judgment.
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John 7:24 

Do not judge by appearances, but judge with right judgment.”

Proverbs 31:9 

Open your mouth, judge righteously, defend the rights of the poor and needy.

Galatians 6:1 

Brothers, if anyone is caught in any transgression, you who are spiritual should restore him in a spirit of gentleness. Keep watch on yourself, lest you too be tempted.

1 Corinthians 6:1-6

When one of you has a grievance against another, does he dare go to law before the unrighteous instead of the saints? Or do you not know that the saints will judge the world? And if the world is to be judged by you, are you incompetent to try trivial cases? Do you not know that we are to judge angels? How much more, then, matters pertaining to this life! So if you have such cases, why do you lay them before those who have no standing in the church? I say this to your shame. Can it be that there is no one among you wise enough to settle a dispute between the brothers, ...




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