To be judged and condemned is not a good thing. I wouldn't do it to someone else... unless I felt they deserved it... (Like commit a crime or do something morally repugnant.) But I would still say to myself (not outloud) that God will judge them..I still wouldn't concern myself with there personal affairs and threaten their afterlife with a poor excuse for a guilt trip. Ok, maybe I should explain....
Friend: You haven't been at church alot this summer. Maybe a handful of times.
Me: I know, it's been crazy busy. It's hard to fit all the family stuff, trips, reunions and what nots during the week. Plus Josh has been working sundays up until 3 weeks ago. We had to make up for the summer with family stuff.
Friend: (serious answer) Thats really not an excuse... thats Exactly what GOD will say to you when you can't get through the gates of heaven. He's too busy for you.
Really??? This is "REALLY"! A segment featuring Josh and Jen. (Seth and Amy knock-off, for all you S.N.L. fans.)
Really?? Gods not going to let me into heaven because I went on a trip with my family? Really? Do you REALLY think that God is such a petty, mean sprited God that he is going to ban me from the spiritual afterlife because I went tent camping??? (In His country, no less!) Really?? Since you're so concerned with my faith and relationship with GOD than you should come wake up my 3 kids and give them baths and dress them after they've been sick in a car for 13 freaking hours! I'd like to see how well that goes over! Really. Reallly...
So, I smiled... and then said. "YOU worry about YOU and your relationship with GOD and do whats best for you and yours. Thank you for our concern though." I walked away.
I know I haven't been to church alot... but thats not why it bothers me so much. I actually didn't feel like that was a very "christian" thing to say. There is no reason to be that forward and judgmental. If I had bruises on my face... cried all the time or showed up drunk to church... then PLEASE... ask questions about my current life choices. At least SAY you're coming from a loving and supportive place if your going to threaten my afterlife and give me a guilt trip over something. Thats being a good friend/christian... and I don't need to attend EVERY Sunday to have learned that.
I'm going to pray for them...
:) There. All better now.