As I make my 20 minute (more or less) drive to the UCF campus every morning, I tune my car’s radio to Z88.3, my city’s Christian Radio. This daily routine seems to set a tone for my day, and helps to ease my mind for whatever I may have to tackle that day.
Music has always gripped me in a way nothing else can, so naturally, worship music is my best outlet for praise and connecting with the Lord.
Anyway, it seems as of late I can almost expect the song “Jesus, Friend of Sinners” by Casting Crowns to come on at some point throughout the day. As Z88 loves to overplay songs until all of Orlando knows every word, this song has grown on me over the course of a week.
This song essentially addresses something I have previously advertised my struggle with, as I’m positive others do as well, an that is judgement. While others may be more blatant about it, passing judgement is equally sinful regardless of how it’s channeled.
The opening to this song has lyrics that go:
“The world is on their way to You, but they’re tripping over me. Always looking around but never looking up I’m so double minded.”
I couldn’t help but stop the song here, an replay the beginning. How can I possibly be leading people to Christ, when I may be the one stopping them from giving Him their life? Our friends, family, classmates, and even coworkers who have not yet been saved constantly look to us as embodiments of Christianity, yet they see lying, cheating, dirty people! How can people come to Christ, when they “trip” over us? We as Christians need to work more on becoming more like Him before we go to others with dirty hands and high expectations.
We are always “looking around but never looking up”. We are always quicker to post a Facebook status, or tweet about ‘what girl looks slutty today’ or ‘how stupid someone is’, than to look UP and pray. PRAY that girl who dresses provocatively finds the strength and security in Him she needs to be comfortable in her own image. PRAY that kid in your class who seeks every opportunity to spout out snide remarks in class finds comfort in the Lord to where he doesn’t need to seek man’s approval to know his worth. PRAY the ones who go and party every weekend find Christ’s mercy to forgive them their sins an work towards shaping themselves in His image.
hate the sin, not the sinner.
This song asks Jesus to “open the eyes to the world at the end of our pointing fingers”. This makes me think of Luke 6:41
“Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye?
How can we point out flaws in others, without regarding our own?
We’re all ‘plank eyed saints’, it just takes a small dose of humility and a large helping of the Gospel to see it.