Introspection

Back in my youth,
when seeking the truth,
I sought to understand why,
that man in his sin,
continued therein
with all that that would imply.
Why would he choose
to walk in the shoes
of those who go the wrong way?
And why would he not
repent on the spot;
for this could be his last day?

While pondering this theme,
to me it would seem
that lust defines this path.
With self as the core,
still grasping for more;
such sinners deserve God’s wrath!
I hate what I see,
sins horrid debris,
I see it at every turn.
What others do,
the sins they pursue;
God’s judgment seems not their concern.

Now older in age,
I still feel the rage,
depressed by the sin that I see.
And now, just as then,
I still hate the sin,
but more so the sin that’s in me.
And here in my muse,
I stop and recuse
myself—please hear my plea!
As onward I trudge,
I dare not be judge,[1]
for I am
what I judged them
to be![2]

~JD Collier


[1] Matt 7:1-5 “Don’t criticize, and then you won’t be criticized.  For others will treat you as you treat them.  And why worry about a speck in the eye of a brother when you have a board in your own?  Should you say, ‘Friend, let me help you get that speck out of your eye,’ when you can’t even see because of the board in your own?  Hypocrite! First get rid of the board. Then you can see to help your brother.  TLB
The above verse is often misquoted. The word “judge” is not referring to “forming an opinion”.  These kinds of judgments are a necessary part of living.  And Christians are to make judgments based on the revealed truth of Scripture.  The “judging” referred to in this passage is rash, censorious, and  judgment that, though it may be true,  reveals an attitude  of superiority.

[2] Rom 2:1-2 You, therefore, have no excuse, you who pass judgment on someone else, for at whatever point you judge the other, you are condemning yourself, because you who pass judgment do the same things.  NIV
This does not mean the exact same sins but similar sins that make all guilty before a righteous God.  God is the ultimate judge and all are found guilty in His sight.  “. . .righteousness from God comes through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe.”  Rom 3:22  Only those who believe that Jesus is who He claimed to be, the Messiah of God, is pronounced “not guilty” and are saved by His righteousness (not our own).

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