I'm ashamed to say that I have too often been part of a posse with quick triggers. As I mature in my faith and understanding of God's Word, however, I'm beginning to pull my finger off the trigger so that I think, meditate and pray before shooting. Lately my gun has been staying in the holster a lot more.
No, I'm not talking about gun control. I already did that! I'm thinking about people who belong to Jesus being so quick to judge and condemn other members of Jesus' family because they do some things differently.
And it should be no surprise that the internet has become the firing range.
What I know (from personal experience at the range) is that snap judgments against fellow believers usually stems from a sense of my own self-righteousness and that I know what's best - not just for me, but for you, too. My exodus from Pharisaism has been a long and winding road. And still I am tempted to believe the worst about someone without first checking my own heart and then checking to see if its even any of my business!
I do believe there is a place for Christians to judge one another. As politically incorrect as that might sound, it's also clearly taught in Scripture. It doesn't however give us permission to peep into one another's windows at night or to fire off volleys if we think we've spotted an indiscretion. With the responsibility of judgment also comes the responsibility of grace.
The gun doesn't fire unless I first put my finger on the trigger. Even then I have to squeeze it. But before I do, I need to be sure it's my place and that my reaction is to better someone not to attack or destroy or attack just because I may disagree.
How much better to save my ammo for the enemy.