Don’t Judge A Book By Its Cover

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Community-Building: Not judging others

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Luke 6:37

If you do not judge others, then you will not be judged.

Have you ever heard of the Faith Hall of Fame? Its members are listed and described in Hebrews 11. Here's a question for you about our heroes of Faith: True or False. Each person in the Faith Hall of Fame had a perfect reputation.

Did you know the answer is false? Here are some of our great faith heroes:

  1. Abraham. Yes, he talked with God often. He seemed to be a wealthy man who always obeyed God. He also lied to a king that his wife was his sister and then let that king take Sarah to marry her. Only God's intervention saved Sarah from becoming an Egyptian princess.
  2. Gideon is a great hero of faith who drove out the mean, nasty Midianites from his country. But everyone who knew him also knew he was the youngest son of a little family from a little tribe in Israel. Everyone also knew that he was a scaredy cat who needed lots of signs from God before he would act.
  3. King David is listed in the Faith Hall of Fame. He was a man who was after God's own heart. Unfortunately, he neglected to teach his family-he had lots of wives and children-enough about God. His children grew up hating and hurting each other and their father. Everyone knew that David's own son even tried to kill him.
  4. Moses led God's people out of slavery in Egypt. But he also murdered an Egyptian. He tried to tell God to choose another person to save Israel. He wasn't allowed into the promised land because he disobeyed God in front of the Israelites.

Who are our faith heroes? They are just ordinary people with lots of problems and faults. They mess up regularly. They also believe in God and try their best to obey him. Be very careful in judging the next person you meet. He or she just might be the next hero of faith in the making!

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