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by Brad Hoffmann on July 17, 2020

I don't know if you've noticed, but we live in a highly judgmental culture. It used to be that Christians were perceived as judgmental in their encounter with society. Today, the shoe seems to be on the other foot: a post-Christian culture that touts tolerance but practices judgmentalism. The hypocrisy of the church pales in comparison with the lived modern-day ethos. 

The intent of judgment is control. When another judges your actions or words, it is an attempt to pressure you to conform to a different standard. As a Christ-follower, our objectives are often counter-cultural. The tension lives here.

Don't succumb to the pressure to conform to anything other than Christ. Paul tells us in Colossians to let no one pass judgment on you. It's rather hard to control how someone else judges you, but you can proactively choose not to allow their opinion to control you.

My encouragement to you today is to hold fast to Christ and the gospel. Don't let anyone sway, deter, or attempt to disqualify you based upon your beliefs and practices as a Christ-follower. If there is ever a day to live out of the strength that God provides, it is today.

Stay strong in the practice of faith. Your reward is coming.

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