Monday, July 23, 2012

"Untying the Judging Knot 解開評審結" ~ ( Part V II )

Untying the Judging Knot
Luke 6:36-38
Copyright © 2004 Jeremy Myers 

" Judge not lest you be judged.
Part VII 

3. Be Generous 慷慨

Luke 6: 38 " Give, and it will be given to you: good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over will be put into your bosom. For with the same measure that you use, it will be measured back to you."

路加福音6:38 "你们要给他人,这样上帝必给你们,并且会用大号升斗摇匀压实,满满地倒给你们,因为你们用什么样的量器量给别人,上帝也会用什么样的量器量给你们。”

            If verse 37 is often quoted out of context, so is this one. Most people, especially pastors and Christian ministries, quote this verse when they are asking for money. You will hear this verse quoted on television by pastors telling you that if you give generously to their ministry, God will give generously to you. The more you give, the more you get. I sometimes wonder if Christ is in heaven just shaking his head in amazement saying, "That's not what I meant! How can they quote me out of context like that? Don't they have a conscience?"


            We often criticize the media for quoting Christians out of context, but we are masters at quoting Christ out of context. Isn't it ironic? We judge and condemn the media for quoting Christians out of context, yet we ourselves constantly quote Christ out of context? Not only that, but two of the verses we quote out of context come from a passage where we are not to hypocritically condemn others yet do the same things ourselves! We condemn the media for quoting Christians out of context, but we are guilty of it ourselves, for we quote Christ out of context.

            Let us be guilty of it no longer. Luke 6:38 has nothing whatsoever to do with money! Christ is talking about our attitude toward others and how we should or should not judge them. Christ is saying that in our judging, we must be generous. We must be over-merciful, over-forgiving, forbearing, long suffering, and patient. Verse 38 teaches that in the way we dole out judgment upon others, we will receive the same judgment back. I am all for making right judgments, but we must also be wary of being hyper critical and condemning everybody and everything. There are several high profile Christian ministries out there where all they seem to do is condemn and criticize everybody else's ministries.


             One of these ministries I am familiar with has, in this past year alone, condemned Billy Graham, George W. Bush, Rick Warren's Purpose Driven Life, John Eldredge's Wild At Heart, Mel Gibson's The Passion of the Christ, James Dobson and Focus on the Family, denominationalism, contemporary worship music, and a whole host of other Christian leaders, authors and organizations.  

           一個我熟悉的有這些事工,單獨這過去的一年中,譴責葛培理(Billy Graham),喬治·W·布什(George W. Bush),里克·沃倫的通用驅動的生命(Rick Warren's Purpose Driven Life),約翰埃爾德雷奇(John Eldredge's)的野生於心,梅爾·吉布森(Mel Gibson's )基督的激情,詹姆斯多布森(James Dobson)的專注於家庭,宗派主義,當代音樂崇拜,和其他基督教領袖,作家和組織了一大堆。

              I like this person's ministry, but I frequently wonder if it is too critical and judgmental of other ministries. I understand everything this organization is saying, and I even agree with most of it. But I also believe that most of these other organizations have pure motives in what they are doing and teaching. I wouldn't do or teach things in exactly the same way, but I don't think any of it is heretical or blatantly anti-Scriptural. And since nobody can have a completely perfect life and doctrine, I wonder what kind of judgment this hyper-critical organization will receive at the judgment seat of Christ? According to verse 38, the same measurement they used will be measured out to them. The standard of perfection they hold to others will be the standard by which they are judged.


 To be cont'd in part VIII


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