As Ghandi once said, “I like your Christ. I do not like your Christians, they are so unlike your Christ.” What did he mean by this? If we unwrap this statement into its constituent parts, we can fully understand the meaning of his bold statement. First, let it be known that this is not an anti-Christian sentiment, nor is it meant to harm the people of the church in any way. It is simply an observation stated by someone who is after the same common goal that Christ always strived for: peace.
So let us take this gift that Ghandi has given to the world, and let us unwrap it. Christ, a man of great integrity, of moral values and of unwavering faith, once said, do not cast judgment upon a sinner, unless you yourself can righteously claim to be without sin. This bold statement made by our Savior simply reads, “let he who is without sin cast the first stone.” Nobody could throw a stone, and Jesus did not, even though he could have.
“Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye?”
Matthew 7:3 (NIV)
We know this verse from countless Bible studies and church services. Yet, we continue to pass judgment on others for sins that we too are guilty of. What would Jesus do? Would Jesus cast us into the pit of fire for having a shameless affair with our neighbor, and then turning right back around and giving a complete stranger a lecture on their own need for repentance when we don’t even know their sins?
He should. Yet He does not, because we are forgiven through Christ. Why then, do we continue to judge others when we too have sinned? The simple matter is that nobody is perfect. Ask yourself: would you rather be a good Christian or would you rather be a great Christ-follower? We should all strive to be more like Christ.