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When I read today’s Daily Prompt, my heart sunk.  With the Word that I read this morning and the prompt I knew right away which poem I would share.  When you read this, keep in mind I wrote it to myself first.  There was a time when I was very judgmental – of myself and others.  Ms. D  is a bit off an extremist sometimes.  Let me explain.

I used to go to a church that emphasized holiness – but a holiness that you could accomplish on your own, by what you wore.  So, I took that thought, blew it out of proportion, and went with it. Ms. D thought she was all holy and righteous just because she wore a skirt, and those who didn’t, well – they we’re of the world.  I was wearing a dress of my own self-righteousness.  I could not see the forest because of the trees.  I missed the big picture of God and His righteousness because I was so focused on me, and my so-called righteousness. I missed the relationship because I was too focused on the rules.  I confess, I was wrong.  I was throwing rocks. I have thrown rocks at people both in and out of the church. One morning in prayer, God called me a Pharisee.  He was right,  I was judging others.  I was playing God.

Self-Righteous People

Copyright 2013 Diana Rasmussen
from cartoonchurch.com

from cartoonchurch.com

Why do you judge the wounded?
With no clue what I’ve lived through.
Looking only at what’s wrong
In order to be right?
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Do you point your finger
At everything I’ve done?
All the while forgetting
To pull the plank from your own eye.
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Are you so high up on your podium,
You’ve forgotten how to fall?
Have you never known abuse?
Or do you like to point, accuse?
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Don’t lecture to me about your “religion”,
Your self-righteous attitude tells it all.
I don’t want what you’re peddling,
Making  yourself big, calling me small.
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If you have nothing nice to say,
Please keep your mouth shut.
Until you’ve walked a mile in my shoes,
You don’t know what you’re talking about.
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I know there is a God,
My life is living proof,
He is greater than the Darkness.
And loves me, despite myself.
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One question that I have,
from my point of view;
What made you think
To talk to God,
I had to go through you?
This is the verse I read this morning, and it cut me to the heart.  Forgive me Lord, today I lay down my rocks.  I don’t know it all, and I am not God.

“Welcome with open arms fellow believers who don’t see things the way you do. And don’t jump all over them every time they do or say something you don’t agree with—even when it seems that they are strong on opinions but weak in the faith department. Remember, they have their own history to deal with. Treat them gently.

For instance, a person who has been around for a while might well be convinced that he can eat anything on the table, while another, with a different background, might assume he should only be a vegetarian and eat accordingly. But since both are guests at Christ’s table, wouldn’t it be terribly rude if they fell to criticizing what the other ate or didn’t eat? God, after all, invited them both to the table. Do you have any business crossing people off the guest list or interfering with God’s welcome? If there are corrections to be made or manners to be learned, God can handle that without your help.” (Romans 14:1-4 MSG)

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