Michael Gantt Ministries

Sharpening the Iron of the Church

Works great for an octopus, but for me - ah, not so much.

(This was originally posted on my Facebook page, but I thought I would post it here on my blog as well because I feel pretty strongly about this subject.)

I hear that when threatened, an octopus can secrete a thick cloud of unpleasant “ink” to mask his escape. I think of this often as I see many of my Christian brothers and sisters list an almost endless variety of “don’t judge me” posts on Facebook . This, rather than to live a life that allows one to say, “be an imitator of me as I am an imitator of Christ.” (1 Corinthians 11:1). 

I get it -we are not supposed to have a judgmental spirit, but we are admonished to correct, exhort, even rebuke behaviors in one another that are spiritually unhealthy; lovingly and when possible, gently. However, this has become increasingly unacceptable among a new generation of believers who refuse to accept loving correction, deflecting every effort to encourage Godly living with a thick cloud of “don’t judge me”. The inky cloud of “Don’t judge me,” is not a free pass to a careless lifestyle that diminishes the work and character of the body of Christ. I would hope that none of us would ever become critical and judgmental in spirit. I also hope that all of us would aspire to live our lives in such a way that we would not fear examination. Brothers, may we live our lives to bring glory to Christ.

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