The Christian Public Servant – all too familiar with that same sin”

August 8, 2017 – Tuesday

Reading
Romans 2:1 [ESV] Therefore you have no excuse, O man, every one of you who judges. For in passing judgment of another you condemn yourself, because you, the judge, practice the very same things.

Philippians 2:3(a) [ESV] Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit …

Romans 12:15(b) [ESV] … weep with those who weep.

Reflection
Can it be said any clearer than in Romans 2:1? Remember the old saying, it takes one to know one? Well, Paul says the same thing. When you identify the sin of another, you are saying, “I am all too familiar with that same sin.”

Yes, I know how difficult it is at work when a core part of your job requires judgment – assessing a task or project, conducting annual performance appraisals, auditing the books, or taking disciplinary action. It is not our nature to judge – primarily because we do it so poorly in this world!

But if your job calls for judgment, do not get confused. Scripture really is quite clear. Judge humbly without accusation. Do not seek to find personal sin. Do not let selfish ambition creep in. And show empathy – weep with those whom you critique.

Remember, if one finger is pointing at a coworker, four fingers are pointing right back at you. And conceit will force you to admit that you are all too familiar with that same sin.

Instead, show empathy – weep with those whom you had to critique.

Prayer
Father, I ask for empathy when I must judge another at work. Keep my eyes away from ambition, and keep my heart filled with Your grace. In Your Son’s name, I pray. Amen.

Chris Summers
Chaplain
W.C. Holman Correctional Facility
Alabama Department of Corrections
Atmore, Alabama USA

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