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James 4:11: “Do not speak evil of one another, brethren. He who speaks evil of a brother and judges his brother, speaks evil of the law and judges the law. But if you judge the law, you are not a doer of the law but a judge.”

I remember seeing the movie On Golden Pond with my best friend back in 1981. It was the first screen pairing of legendary Hollywood actors Henry Fonda and Katherine Hepburn (in fact, it was Fonda’s last film). As we watched the beginning of the movie, where the two are out in a boat that almost gets swamped by a passing speedboat, I remember the shock we felt to see these legendary actors using profanity and “flipping the bird” at the jerk in the boat. My immediate thought was that actors of such stature don’t have to stoop to such vulgarity, even if it was in the script. It just didn’t seem like something I was used to seeing them do, like it was totally out of character of who they were.

James here is warning about Christians doing something that should be out of character for a Christian: slanderous talk. While it is something common to those in the world, it should be “out of character” for Christians to engage in that. Though saved, we are still liable to fail and to sin. We should strive to leave the judging to the Judge, to the Lawgiver. It’s hard, because as human beings we have opinions and make impressions about people. But we need to remember to live for Christ and to die to self…thus we’ll be more prone to look at the world the way Jesus does…with compassion and love.

Something to think about.

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