Room To Be Less Judgmental

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TheDiscipleMD

My wife is a registered nurse. She is familiar with hospital regulations that require a wheel chair for patients being discharged. It doesn’t matter if the patient needs a wheel chair in order to check out or not, one is provided and required. While working as a student nurse, one of her colleagues found an elderly gentleman already dressed and sitting on the bed with a suitcase at his feet who insisted he didn’t need her help to leave the hospital. After a chat about rules being rules, he reluctantly let her wheel him to the elevator. On the way down she asked him if his wife was meeting him down below. “I don’t know,” he said. “She’s still upstairs in the bathroom changing out of her hospital gown.”

Regulations are regulations, however, like this student nurse, sometimes we can become overzealous in our desire to bless and help others that we mistakenly gauge others worthiness and needs by our standards. As members of Christ’s church, we are under different regulations and obligations than those not of our faith. Some of our religious obligations don’t apply to other Christian denominations, such as our law of health. Other “commandments” we hold in common, such as the basic ten. We must not be too harsh in judging others who are not under the same obligations as members of the restored church of Christ. We might find ourselves, like the student nurse, judging and imposing on others, rules which they are not required to keep. Surely there is room in all of us to be less judgmental in this regard. I presume that none of us would like to be judged according to rules, obligations and practices of other faiths. The day will come when the Lord will unite all his followers under one roof. He has said, “…there shall be one fold, and one shepherd.” (John 10:16) Until then, let us be patient, kind and loving to all.

 

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