He also told them a parable: “Can a blind man lead a blind man? Will they not both fall into a pit? A disciple is not above his teacher, but everyone when he is fully trained will be like his teacher. Why do you see the speck that is in your brother’s eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye? How can you say to your brother, ‘Brother, let me take out the speck that is in your eye,’ when you yourself do not see the log that is in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take out the speck that is in your brother’s eye. Luke 6:39-42
I guess the biggest knock on Christians and the Christian churches is that we are hypocrites. Unfortunately there is a lot of truth to their claim. How often do we have two separate lives? One on Sundays and another the rest of the week. We preach love and then forget to practice it when dealing with others. In particular when dealing with those whose lifestyles we disapprove.
Each of us has enough sin in our lives that we need to take care of that we do not need to look at others’ sins to resolve. Jesus is telling us to day to get our own house in order before we criticize someone else’s housekeeping. We can easily see the dust on their bookcase but are oblivious to the mud tracked in on our own floors. Of course taking stock of our own sins is never fun. In fact we often want to minimize our sins as little sins. It always seems easier to spot what others are doing wrong than the see where we fall short.
All of us, myself first of all, need to make sure we walk the walk when we talk the talk. Acting pious on Sunday and then taking a take no prisoners attitude the rest of the week does not make the unbeliever want to associate with us and turns them off Christ. Like it or not but we are the first thing people will learn about Jesus. It has been said that we are the only Bibles many will ever read and we are certainly the first Bible they will encounter. It is up to us that they encounter a positive and accurate translation.
Will we slip up? Of course we will but we need to project Jesus more often than we project the world or worse yet Satan. That means being honest with ourselves and being honest with others when we fall short. When we fail admit it and let them know that our goal is being like Jesus even though we may fail at time. When we are honest with people then they are more likely to listen to us when we share Jesus with them. And just like a real home, the work is never done. Just when you get one thing done something else needs attention. Still the rewards for us and those around us are eternal.
Have a blessed day,