Monday, October 21, 2013

Don't Judge a Book by it's Cover

You've probably heard the phrase "don't judge a book by it's cover" at least once in your life. The thing is, you have judged people multiple times. Let's be honest, we have ALL done this.

The worst part about humankind is that we have this ability to look at others and say, "They appear to be.....",  or "They look like they are gay." Wow. Do you really know? Do WE really know for sure with 100% certainty?

It's a curious thing that people say this all of the time, and now there is a book that was recently released that talks about this very topic. The book is You Can Tell Just by Looking by Michael Bronski, Anne Pelligrini, and Michael Amico.

However, the first and foremost authority on this topic, the Bible, doesn't encourage this behavior and speaks against it. Does that grab your attention? Whether you are a Christian or not, remember that you are human too. How would you feel if someone said this about you?

Let's dig a little deeper into the issue, and how it affects everyone involved, even you when you pass judgment on another. Let's talk about what it means to really love others that we may win them over!

Judge a Book by it's Cover if You Want to be Judged 

Pope Francis recently made a statement about the gay community in which he said something like this; "If a gay individual seeks God and has the best of intentions, who am I to judge?" Pope Francis is correct.

We cannot see the inside of a person, and if we could see it when we pass judgement on them, I am sure we would see their poor hearts shattered into a million pieces at the hurt we have caused when speaking ill of them. Whether we think it's justifiable or not, it doesn't matter. What we think has to be measured against what God tells us in His Word.

God tells us in John 13: 34 "A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.By this, everyone will know that you are my disciples." (NIV) 

Hmmm. He didn't say that you will "look like one of my disciples." He said your actions will let people know who you are. God also tells us this in Matthew 7:1; "Do not judge or you too will be judged." (NIV) 

What if your life were up on a movie screen for all to see? How would you feel then? The last thing anyone wants is to be judged, and to judge a book by it's cover is all wrong. To put it bluntly, if you passed on a book at the bookstore because the cover wasn't interesting enough, you could miss a very compelling story.

Make sense?

The Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender community wants you to know that they too just want to be loved, and they want to love others. They have a struggle in gaining acceptance, at least in some cases. The thing is, these folks already understand how bad we can pass judgment on each other, and how cruel people can really be.

Why live this way? We can reach out to one another, help one another, and love one another without merit. Before you pass judgment on anyone, consider how you would feel if someone passed judgment on any area of your life first.

Don't judge a book by it's cover, be courageous!

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