Most professing Christian people today are apostates, but there is also a small group out there who think they are “Snow White.” What do I mean by “Snow White”? People who believe they are perfect and without any blemish or sin. They go around looking to nit pick on everything about other people whether it be something big or something small. Their judgments of others may be correct or incorrect. They fail to gather facts but worst of all they eliminate themselves from the scripture which says
For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God; Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus. Romans 3:23-24
It is a SIN itself to think of oneself as perfect and without sin! The Bible warns us in Romans,
For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith. Romans 12:3
These “Snow White’s” have no compassion, no love, and make no room for mercy or repentance. Such attributes are not Christ-like. There is not one human being on the face of the earth who is not a sinner. No matter what sin a person has committed -what we call big sins and little sins- are all equal in the eyes of the Lord. And Jesus has clearly told us that no matter what we have done we can all come to the Lord for forgiveness IF we “choose” to do so (Matthew 4:17, Luke 13:3-5). We must sincerely REPENT and turn away from repeating that same sin (read more). Jesus is even willing to forgive the greatest of sins the moment before a person takes their last breath, if the person is willing and sincere, as He did for the thief at Calvary (Luke 23).
As I write all of this I am in no way eliminating myself here. I am a sinner too and I do not need “Snow White” to dangle my sins in my face and to the world holding it over my head while they try their best to damn me to Hell. This is not a discipleship attitude. I know better. I know that anyone who thinks themselves to be without sin have themselves something great big to hide. Psychology indicates that people like this will focus on others problems and sins in order to eliminate their own guilt.
There are many times when I have believed that a person truly repented of some sin only to find much later that the person had continued in that same sin.
The question is… when we hear the truth what are we going to do with the truth?
We have two choices. We can accept the truth and humble ourselves before the Lord and repent, or we can laugh and pitch daggers at others and ignore our own sins. The latter is what the apostate church does. The former will save our souls.
You see, the truth is not what I say or what some preacher says, or what the Pope decides. The truth is not public opinion or a government decision. The truth is THE WORD OF GOD, the Holy Bible. So when someone says to you “Hey, that is not Christ-like. You are sinning.” Instead of getting angry or scoffing, get into the Word of God.
The “Snow White’s” are doing more harm than help when they point their fingers at others while thinking more highly of themselves than they ought. Before you tell someone they are sinning, you first have to make sure that you are not committing that same sin. Then you have to approach people in love and with compassion and mercy remembering that you are no better yourself. For the same measure in which you have judged others you will be judged (Luke 6:38-42).
The Bible tells us to judge others “righteously” (read more). We should hold ourselves accountable to others and God, but God never gave any of us a stick so we can lord ourselves over others beating them up. No one is without error. The Lord is watching how we handle our own errors. The Lord wants us to judge others in love so that they may come to repentance. Not so we can feel superior or special or perfect. It is not possible to build good and godly relationships with others if we carry a holier than thou attitude – speaking to others as if we are God’s chosen to select the “Have’s” and the “Have-nots’.” People who eliminate themselves as perfect without sin -know-it-all’s- are setting themselves up for a huge fall.
I am going to close with a word from 2 Timothy, and in this instance I want to share the following verses from the New King James Version. I like the word “correcting” here. The way the sentence is written makes it more personal.
But avoid foolish and ignorant disputes, knowing that they generate strife. And a servant of the Lord must not quarrel but be gentle to all, able to teach, patient, in humility correcting those who are in opposition, if God perhaps will grant them repentance, so that they may know the truth, and [that] they may come to their senses [and escape] the snare of the devil, having been taken captive by him to [do] his will. 2 Timothy 2:23-26 (NKJV)
Something to remember always is that in order for us to receive mercy from the Lord, we must offer mercy to others. In order for us to receive forgiveness from the Lord, we must ourselves be willing to forgive others. In order to receive compassion for our sins, we must be willing to give compassion to others first. This is part of what being a follower of Jesus Christ is all about.