Don’t worry, I’ll talk about Ryan Gosling…it just might not be for a few sentences.
The other night, taking a break from the mountain of reading a seminary student has, while on Facebook, I saw a picture posted by one of my professors of a student in his class with a notebook (pun totally intended) that had Ryan Gosling plastered all over it. Plastered all over the student’s face was a goofy smile. You know the one. You get it every time you walk through Wal-Mart with your friends and point out the Iron Man mask or Barbie doll.
I got a good laugh out of it because, hey, who doesn’t like Ryan Gosling? What I didn’t get a laugh out of were the comments on this picture.
“Wow, seminary sure has changed.”
“How is this acceptable? If I had a notebook plastered with girls in bikinis, I’d get reprimanded so quick.”
I’d post more but they honestly say the same thing: I’m judging you. And I have bad grammar.
And that’s something easy for us Christians to do, isn’t it? Especially when we’re behind a computer screen. We’ve all been there: making fun of people on YouTube (a.k.a. trolling), calling someone a racial slur over a video game, making a judgement call on a guy because he dresses lightyears better than you. I’ve been there. You’ve been there.
Now that we have that out of the way.
This is the part where Jesus tells us that before we do any kind of judging, to remove the log out of our own eye first. After your own log is removed, then go talk to that person privately. Not blab it all over Facebook.
My thing is that it’s one thing to help a fellow brother & sister in Christ to grow, it’s a completely other thing to join a group of people and judge someone in a rude manner that does not reflect Christ at all.
You have a voice. Even on the internet in text. You have a witness to protect. Just, make sure you’re sending the right message.