All too often, the people who should support us are the ones who are quick to shut us down. This type of behavior happens all too often in the Christian community.
We constantly compare one another and point fingers. We are not Christian enough or of the right denomination. We are too conservative or too liberal.
Perhaps it is our way of feeling better about ourselves. If someone is not doing as well as we think they should, we look good in comparison. We put them down to build ourselves up.
Scripture specifically says not to do this. Judging someone else is dangerous for our soul. “Do not judge, so that you may not be judged. For with the judgment you make you will be judged, and the measure you give will be the measure you get” (Matthew 7:1-2).
Saint Theodora encountered such judgment on many occasions. Anti-Catholic sentiment was rampant in America in the 1800s. Catholic homes and churches were destroyed on the East Coast by Protestant groups, and once settled in Indiana, the mayor tried to force the sisters to use textbooks without any Catholic teachings. Saint Theodora stood her ground and continued to teach the faith the best way she knew how.
We are obligated as Christians to spread the Word. We are to evangelize and do as much as we can to bring people to Jesus. Criticizing someone else’s way of praying and serving the Lord does not accomplish this goal. It simply risks spiritually hurting us both. Our major concern should concentrate on whether we are doing our best and not so much how well the other person is doing.
Only through love can we raise one another. When we show our love for Jesus through our positive and uplifting words and actions, we encourage each other’s growth. We all become stronger in Christ.
©2013, Mary K. Doyle