I learned a while back that I need to ignore those who Make up their minds about me without actually knowing me, or once knew me and don't bother to pick up a phone to ask me... especially if they claim to know Messiah.
The Kingdom is supposed to be a Family steeped in love and based on relationships.
Forming an opinion of someone without direct interaction with them?
Is it loving?
How does the process of forming your opinion reflect or not reflect the example of Jesus, and his command for how we should relate to each other?
The Lord's showed and convicted a while back regarding this verse and I know it is one of His priorities today, more than ever:
"Who are you to pass judgment on the servant of another? It is before his own master that he stands or falls. And he will be upheld, for the Lord is able to make him stand." Romans 14:4
Some say I am a conspiracy theorist because of what I post on my website and Facebook. But they never bother to read my prominent disclaimers saying the purpose of my posting such stuff is ALWAYS to provoke people to practice DISCERNMENT.
With few exceptions, I consistently use leading questions for "controversial posts," and when I say what I actually do believe, I always say so at the beginning.
I rarely post what I actually believe and repeat this fact about how and why post and write what I do -- multiple times every year.
This issue really greaves The Father.
It is especially egregious when it comes from believing leaders and even supervisors who don't bother to pick up a phone to talk to you.
It's rooted in human flesh and unfortunately, a direct working of the spirit of division in the Body of Messiah, which we must cut off in our lives. This is crucial for the days to soon come!
We are all works in progress, right?
Thank God for a rather wonderful spiritual family and friends, and friends of friends that get me!
"Forerunners" often deal with such things, and so does just about everyone else in life, right? 🙂
If you know what I'm talking about, you can consider yourself part of the family!