Saints Who Have Never Been Caught
Christians are called to be holy, and we have no choice than to be 100% against sin. The greatest task of the disciple is to put to death whatever belongs to our earthly nature (Col 3:5) and to live lives that are worthy of our calling (Eph. 4:1). Our problem is that we see the sin in other people's lives more easily than we see it in ourselves. Why is it there are so many Christian activists seeking legislation to ban homosexual marriage (because of its attack on traditional family) that never campaign for laws banning heterosexual divorce (the single biggest attack on the traditional family). Why? Because it is so much easier (and much more fun) to focus on the sins of others than on your own sins
Christians have always had a hard time separating the sin from the sinner, and so we often come across as being against sinners. We also seem to insist upon separating the MINOR sins (ones of which we're guilty) from the MAJOR sins (the ones others commit). The most characteristic way that believers from the Pharisees to the present day church have used to show that they are against sin is to be harsh and condemning in their judgment of "the sinners." You don't have to be one of Fred Phelps wackos holding signs and shouting slogans to be guilty of this kind of harsh judgement. So Jesus is speaking to us and not just to long ago Pharisees in Luke 6:37-42.
37 “Do not judge, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn, and you will not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven. 38 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 you.”
39 He also told them this parable: “Can the blind lead the blind? Will they not both fall into a pit? 40 The student is not above the teacher, but everyone who is fully trained will be like their teacher.
41 “Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye? 42 How can you say to your brother, ‘Brother, let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when you yourself fail to see the plank in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.
We are not to judge other people because we are not God-- it's really that simple. God is morally perfect, and it is that perfection that allows Him to be the judge the world. God is neither above His moral law nor subject to it. He IS moral law; right and wrong flow from God's own divine and perfect nature. We can’t judge others because we don’t have that perfect nature. When we point to the sin of others in judgment and condemnation, we always do so with the beam of our own sin in our own eye. In fact, when I spend my time pointing out the sins of others, my attention is distracted from my own sin and what I need to be doing to overcome it.
We are all sinners; we all struggle with our imperfections. We are called as disciples to struggle together to overcome sin and encourage one another in our Christian walk. What we are never called to do is judge one another. In reality, few things are more discouraging and debilitating in our struggle with sin than the censorious, judgmental spirit of other believers who act as if they have no sin. A.T. Lanta's refers to these as the "Saints Who Have Never Been Caught." His poem contains the following stanza:
I'm a sinner, O Lord, and I know it; I'm weak, I blunder, I fail;
I'm tossed on life's stormy ocean; like ships embroiled in a gale.
I'm willing to trust in Thy mercy, to keep the commandments Thou hast taught;
But deliver me, Lord, from the judgment of Saints who have never been caught.