Have you ever felt unfairly judged, or that someone has made the wrong assumption about you? Maybe you’ve been quick to jump to conclusions about someone else, or in the heat of the moment you’ve said something you shouldn’t have, and now you’re not quite sure how to undo it. I know that I’ve done it, and I continue to do it…and the majority of TV soap operas and cop shows base their story lines on the premise.
This clip from Outnumbered shows Karen, their youngest daughter, taking it upon herself to referee a “friendly” tennis match with her dad and his friends. Karen judges according to her own understanding of tennis games (probably on a par with my football knowledge) while one of the tennis players takes it all a bit too seriously. The outcome, predictably, is hilarious.
As we’re moving towards the end of another football world cup, there have been many refereeing decisions made about possible goals, the conduct of players and of course the infamous offside rule. To be honest, I have never been much of a football fan, so haven’t really been paying much attention to any of the matches…so I catch the edited highlights on the news each day. So to be seasonal we’re using the World Cup as a loose theme for our current series, this week looking at judgement.
God is the ultimate judge, and is often portrayed as such…smiting the heathens, frowning on our mistakes and ultimately testing us against his book when we’re before him on judgement day…do we go up or down? But our God is not a vengeful God…he doesn’t run around us, waving a red card and waiting for us to trip up. He judges with love and grace, and wants us to succeed.
Without a referee, football would be anarchy (some may say it already is)! Without a moral referee, the world would be in chaos. Our moral compass is an argument for the existence of God.
God is perfect and holy, and therefore we will always fall short…but he made a way for us to be on the right side. Judgement is a good thing to help keep us on the right track, to help with our decisions, and to aid our direction. Through Jesus we will be judged righteously and ultimately be redeemed. No final warnings, no red cards, no dismissals. If God is on our side, who can be against us?