Jesus Creed

JesusJames*.jpgPreachers and teachers (and writers and bloggers) need this reminder from James 4:12:

There is only one Lawgiver and Judge, the one who is able to save and destroy. But you–who are you to judge your neighbor?

Several things come to mind:

First, teachers use words; words of judgment and discernment; sometimes the teacher’s word wounds; sometimes it heals. And sometimes the teacher goes over the line and usurps the place of God.

Second, teachers sometimes confuse speaking the “Word of God” with sitting on the Throne of God. This is James’ point: one person legislates and judges, and that one person is God. Teachers don’t make laws and they don’t judge humans.

Third, teachers need to remember this: God can both destroy and save. God is the judge. Teachers aren’t.

Fourth, teachers need to listen carefully to James’ final question: “Who are you to judge your neighbor?”

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