“She only has 34 friends on her Facebook account!? Can you believe it?” The so-called popular teen turned back to her friend with a coy smile on her face. Her body language, tone of voice, and smirk that followed further nailed in the implication. The girl in reference was obviously a loser, but a loser in the eyes of whom? A teenage girl’s opinion based upon what she sees on the Internet?
How fair is it for one person to bring judgment on someone else based upon a Social Media Network, appearances, or for any other reason. It is not fair, and God agrees.
In Matthew 7, God speaks in regards to being a hypocrite; judging others on the same behaviors that we ourselves are doing.
“Why do you see the speck that is in your brother’s eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye? Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when there is the log in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother’s eye.” (Matthew 7:1-5)
God also tells us in James 4 what to do when our desire to partake in idle gossip seems to push aside what our heart is trying to say.
“Do not speak evil against one another, brothers. The one who speaks against a brother or judges his brother, speaks evil against the law and judges the law. But if you judge the law, you are not a doer of the law but a judge. There is only one lawgiver and judge, he who is able to save and to destroy. But who are you to judge your neighbor? (James 4:11-12)”
So who am I to judge my neighbor? Who is this popular girl to judge a classmate of hers? In God’s eyes, the girls, Facebook friends or not, and myself, and everyone else are seen as the same. We are all sinners. When the Day of Judgment comes, everyone will have to answer to him all of the words that have come out of our mouth, our behaviors that we did to one another, and the way we treated each other. Let our hearts not remain defiled any longer. Instead, let them become pure and clean so that we may follow by Jesus’ example and love one another as Christ has loved us.
“Search me, O God, and know my heart; Try me and know my anxious thoughts; And see if there be any hurtful way in me, And lead me in the everlasting way. (Psalm 139:23)