Judging Others

A road showing devastation after the earthquake in Haiti

Do we see things of the world through the eyes of Christ with compassion and love or are we quick to judge? Judging makes us feel good because it puts us in a better light than others often without knowing the entire story. Christ asks us to leave the judging to Him because He knows the rest of the story.

John 8:7: When they kept on questioning him, he straightened up and said to them, “Let anyone of you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her.”

A road showing devastation after the earthquake in HaitiMy heart was broken with the overwhelming devastation I witnessed when Christ led me to Haiti after the earthquake. Christ arranged a meeting for our team with a mother who walked miles to our clinic with her newborn child who was not feeding and dying of starvation. She was willing to surrender her motherly responsibility to care for her baby in order to save her newborn that was dying.

We were quick to judge until we saw her through the eyes of Jesus Christ.

Do you know Him?

This mother of five children had survived the devastating earthquake but was both physically and spiritually exhausted, and now a recent Cholera outbreak was the end of her strength. She was broken with an emotional pain beyond words and could not deal with one more thing. Her newborn infant was dying.

A baby in a box

Matthew 11:28-29: Come to me all who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you find rest for your soul.

To put this in perspective after the earthquake many fathers were leaving newborn babies on our step because their wives had been killed and with no way to feed the babies they surrendered their care to the clinic. Our newborn nursery consisted of babies in shoeboxes who required IV hydration to keep them alive with most of them surviving.

This mother had noticed that her newborn baby was not breastfeeding because of a facial paralysis. She had no way to feed the baby because of the inability to breastfeed, and she was leaving her baby to be adopted.

When we examined the baby, she did indeed have a facial weakness that prevented her from feeding from a bottle as the milk spilled from the side of her mouth.

 

Using syringe to feed baby

We noticed that the baby was aggressively trying to feed, because she was starving. When we attempted feeding slowly with a syringe, she was able to swallow formula, and there was a glimpse of hope.

Our first impression was to jump to the conclusion that she did not love her baby as we asked the question, how could she leave her baby?

John 8:7: When they kept on questioning him, he straightened up and said to them, “Let anyone of you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her.”

Baby cuddles

In praying for the baby and her family at our devotion time, we reflected on her actions through Christ’s eyes of compassion and grace.

Did she love her baby?

The fact that she walked miles in the heat with her other children putting them at risk, struggling to survive the earthquake and cholera epidemic showed that she was a picture of a mother’s love for her baby. We had heard stories of mothers who had no resources and just left their babies in the bushes to die.

Yes, this mother had 100% faith that Christ was going to care for her baby through the love of the Christ-followers at the clinic.

Baby from baby

When was the last time someone trusted you as the body of Christ not to judge, but show love and compassion?

The baby girl was eventually adopted by a Christian woman and is loved.

Matthew 25:40: “The King will reply , ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for the one of the least of these… you did for me.'”

For His Glory,
Tom

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