Have you ever noticed how many times you have pointed at someone? What were those reasons? It seems that when one points to someone, that someone is being talked about harshly. Finger pointing is often associated with placing blame on someone else or putting someone else down. Think about when you were a child and playing with a friend. Now, think about when you did something wrong, and you did not want to get into trouble. What was your first instinct? Well, most children point the finger to blame the other person to stay out of trouble. I did it. I did it more times than I can even begin to count. As adults, we tend to do the same thing but with a hatred, a bias, a judging nature. I know how I feel when I see some people pointing their fingers at me. I do not like that feeling. I bet you do not like that feeling, also. We, as human beings, seem to always pay more attention to what is beyond the tip of our pointing finger than what is behind that pointing finger. What would the world look like if we stood in front of the mirror and pointed at ourselves as much as we choose to point at others? I am absolutely sure attitudes would be different. Most people are afraid to look at themselves and judge harshly. It is not the easiest of things. I know, for fact, that when I have done this, it has been the most eye opening experience…a heart opening experience. Is this to say that I do not still point my finger at others? No. I say that “No” regrettably. However, I look at myself and my lifestyle, my choices, my beliefs, and my behaviors. I judge them, and they are not always pure or free from wrongdoing. I wonder what it would look like if we, as humans, took those pointing fingers and and did something differently. What if we chose to turn our hands with palms up and all fingers opened? I think it would look something like this:
This gesture is not one of judgment. This gesture is one of “Grab on, and I will help you and love you”. It is a gesture of being loved by the One who created us regardless of our sins, our behaviors, our impure actions and thoughts. He does not teach us to hate others due to differences. He teaches us to love one another as we are all sinners, and He loves us despite our sins.
“A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” John 13:34-35
Loving another person does not include judging them for how they behave, love, and live. Loving them means accepting them and loving them anyway. No sin is greater than any others. Judging others for their sins makes us look foolish and ugly.
How would you like to be defined? The next time you want to belittle or judge what is beyond the tip of your finger, stand in front of the mirror to do so. I dare you.