A weekly devotional by Reverend Dr. Kevin Schwamb
This week in the news almost everyone, from the Commissioner of the NBA to the President of the United States, has praised Jason Collin’s decision to “come out”. But even more troubling should be Collin’s claim that he is a Christian and that he sees no apparent contradiction between his lifestyle and his confession of faith. As followers of Jesus Christ, we have been called to expose sin and to not be carried away by the false and deceptive teaching of the world. Often misunderstood are Christ’s words in the Sermon on the Mount, “Judge not, that you be not judged.” In its proper context, Jesus is explaining to his followers that before we address sin in others we must humbly examine ourselves. What is prohibited in this verse is not judging sin but having a self-righteous attitude toward sin and sinners. If you continue reading in the same chapter, you discover that Jesus goes on to say “You will recognize them by their fruit.” The true test of a Christian is conformity to the Word of God in attitude, action, and lifestyle.
As disciples of Jesus Christ we are to test the actions of all who profess faith in Jesus Christ. Since it is impossible for an apple tree to produce oranges, it is also impossible to claim you are a Christian when you live in direct defiance of God’s word.