What I read today;

1 Corinthians 6; Matthew 22; Isaiah 22; Job 22; Joshua 22; Genesis 22

We need to have a new Olympic Sport.  It should be called “Jumping to Conclusions.”

Questioning people’s motives has become a full-time occupation for some people.  We love to act like we’re the only ones who genuinely care.  Once we start down the road of judging others things go badly very quickly.

In Joshua 22, the eastern tribes of Ruben and Gad are set free by Joshua to head back to their homes.  They leave with a blessing from Joshua and the other Israelites, and in peace.  As they get to the river Jordan, they set up what looks like an alter.  Instead of thinking the best of the situation, the nation immediately begins to prepare to go to war.  Anger mounts as people are convinced that the eastern tribes have decided to forsake God and worship idols.  They hop on their horses and head to the Jordan River.  Soon they are met by leaders of the eastern tribes.

It seemed that the eastern tribes had also jumped to conclusions. They believed that once on the other side of the Jordan, the western tribes would soon forget that these people were also part of the Israelite nation.  So they left a memorial to ensure they would remember them.  The stones were simply to be a reminder that the eastern tribes were also part of the nation.  Nothing more, nothing less.

In the end, it turns out to be much ado about nothing. Both sides of the argument believed that the other would or had wronged them.

That’s how most of our situations go, isn’t it?  We jump to conclusions and immediately think evil of the person we are dealing with.  We fail to understand the motivations behind what they are saying and doing.  Our minds then typically head straight to the gutter.

Our problem is that we need to look at people as Christ looks at us.  But that’s hard, isn’t it?  It’s a sport in our society today.  We look for the worst instead of the best.  We can’t disagree anymore without people going nuclear in their arguments.

We need to show Christ’s love to be able to overcome this epidemic and mitigate the damage done from “Jumping to Conclusions.”

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