A Christian once visited a farmer to
talk to him about Christ. "I
wouldn't come to church up there."
the farmer said. "I know old so and
so church goer who claims to be a
Christian and So and So who attends
church there who claims to be a
Christian and they don't live any
differently from me. I'm as good as they
Everywhere the farmer went he told about
the hypocrites in that Church. Months
passed and the Christian brother went to
see the farmer again.
"I want to buy a hog", said
the Christian. The farmer showed all his
best hogs to him. Then they came to the
runt. "I believe I will take that
one" the, Christian said. BUT you
don't want that one. He's the worst runt
to the litter. "I sure do"
said the Christian. So they loaded the
runt in the truck. "Now," said
the Christian "what if I take this
pig here from your farm & ride all
over this area telling folks that this
is the kind of hogs you raise?"
"That's not fair!" the farmer
exclaimed. "I have some nice hogs
and you want to show people that
To which the Christian replied, "If
it's fair for the church it's fair for
We are guilty of this many times
ourselves and are like the world when it
comes to our judging the Church, aren't
we. As in the above story so aptly
illustrates how we and people of the
world misjudge the church by pointing to
the hypocrites and acting as if all
Christians are like them. We are quick
in doing this. But do we not sometimes
do the same things to one another. When
you see only the weaknesses in the life
of your Christian brethren and fail to
see their good points, are you not doing
the same thing the world does?
So then, go out and do right. Live
right. Sin not...and above all, be not
your brother's Judge.
Leave the judging to our Lord!
merciful, just as your Father is
merciful. Do not judge, and you will not
be judged. Do not condemn, and you will
not be condemned. Forgive, and you will
be forgiven. Give, and it will be given
to you. A good measure, pressed down,
shaken together and running over, will
be poured into your lap. For with the
measure you use, it will be measured to
Luke 6:36-38 NIV
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