Matthew 7:1-2 NIV

“Do not judge, or you too will be judged. [2] For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.

We’re always quick to pass judgement, point fingers satisfactorily at others’ mistakes. We are eager to correct others, often loudly and sanctimoniously while praising ourselves in the process. 

Matthew 7:3-5 NIV

“Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye? [4] How can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when all the time there is a plank in your own eye? [5] You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.

We’ve been warned that when pointing a finger, there are three more pointing right back at us. If we’re true to ourselves, we are only overly vocal about the things we aren’t guilty about. It is easy to condemn lying when you aren’t a good liar, it is easy to rebuke thieves and murderers when you are not guilty of it. Using the bible just to point out others’ mistakes makes the people you want to reach out to feel dejected and unworthy. 

In Humble Orthodoxy, Joshua Harris points out that what you preach matters just as much as how you do it; it’s not just about sharing the truth, but doing so with love and humility. 

What would happen when you corrected someone from a point of love and experience? The condemnation would die down; the dehumanizing self-righteousness would be trampled over by understanding and connection. Speaking against greed, lust, pride or any other vice from your own experience makes it easy for others to also come to terms with the demons they are fighting in silence. It gives them the courage to face their weakness and hope that they too can fight it and win like you did. 

2 Corinthians 5:18-20 NIV

All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: [19] that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting people’s sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation. [20] We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God.

We have been called to the ministry of reconciliation. We have all sinned and have been reconciled back to God by Jesus’ loving sacrifice.

Where in all this does finger pointing come in?