Friday, October 13 2006
"That is why Christians are told not to judge. We see only the results which a man's choices make out of his raw material. But God does not judge him on the raw material at all, but on what he has done with it." Mere Christianity
We do not see each other as we really are. This, says Lewis, is the reason why we ought not to judge one another. The cause of what we think is sin in another person may not be that person's choice at all. And the cause of what we think virtue in ourselves may only be our good upbringing.
This leads to the fact that we will certainly have many surprises in heaven. John Newton may have been the first to suggest that there will be three surprises in heaven. The first surprise will be seeing many people there whom I did not expect to see there. The second surprise in heaven will be missing many whom I did expect to see there. And the third surprise will be that I am there; that third surprise is the surprise of grace!
Lewis suggests in his sermon, The Weight of Glory, that rather than judging people for the way they appear to us now, we should focus on the fact that:
What destination are we helping our neighbors toward this day, this very moment?