Growing In Gordon

Putting People Into Categories

Recently I posted on a Facebook page for Meadowdale’s Daily Bible Reading (Meadowdale Baptist Church) and made a mistake. I made an assumption about Moses that wasn’t based on scripture. I interjected my own idea for the reason Moses broke the stone tablets that God had given to Moses for Israel. Why do we do that? Why do we sometimes feel a need to figure out the motive behind someone’s actions? Is it a way to innately decide someone’s guilt or innocence when a mistake is made?

Sometimes I hear of a news story about someone committing an egregious sin and my mind automatically starts categorizing that person as wicked and evil. Eventually I subconsciously begin to put everyone associated with that person in the same wicked and evil camp. When someone I know and love makes a mistake, my first thought is usually, “Why?”. When I truly know and love someone, I don’t make the mistake of putting the transgressor into a category.

For those that don’t know me, my genealogy is riddled with family members who are murderers, thieves, adulterers, liars, fornicators, (and more). There have been many books written about my family members. For instance, one of my sisters named Tamar slept with her own father-in-law. One of my brothers had someone murdered, then slept with the man’s wife. What is so amazing is that these people who transgressed in the worst ways imaginable are in the lineage of Jesus Christ. (If you don’t know who Jesus Christ is you can learn who he is in a book called “The Gospel According to John” within the Holy Bible.) Jesus is the only begotten son of God (Yahweh) who came to save the world. (Read John chapter 3:16-21.)

One of the many things I have learned from my heavenly Father (Yahweh) is to never put people into a category. When I put people into a category, I am judging them. That is a job for my Father because he is the only one who knows us and our hearts. My Father tells me there are two categories for people: the saved and the unsaved. I am saved because I have received God’s grace and truth through Jesus Christ (Read John 1:1-17), and because I am saved, I am a child of God. (Read Romans 8:16 and 1 John 3:1-10).