God sets people free. The freedom he gives is from sin, from its guilt, from its ultimate consequence of eternal punishment. God is not interested in changing a person’s physical condition or social situation. What happens here on earth is for but a short time. His concern is to reconcile us to himself. This is what Christ accomplished on the cross. Continue reading

READ: “Do not judge according to external appearance, but judge with proper judgment” Jn 7.24.

THINK: Christ condemns the critical spirit, Mt 7.1ff, and orders us to consider things—including himself—from the right perspective. He praises him who judges well, Lk 7.43. We must have a good criteria, that of God’s. The world has twisted opinions. The Christian has the mind of Christ, 1 Cor 2.16. The problem is not judging, but judging improperly. Continue reading