When we point an accusing finger at someone, three fingers point back at us, and this irritates to no end when we feel the bite of its truth. Nevertheless, we see accusing fingers all around:
- People who accuse others of racism simply because of skin color are, by their accusations, illustrating genuine racism.
- Those who call others white supremacists often turn out to be woke supremacists.
- Politicians who accuse people of trying to destroy our democracy can themselves be found promoting policies that aim to set aside our constitutional freedoms.
- Activist groups who claim to have a special calling to identify and fight fascism behave like Hitler’s brown shirts.
In other words, the people making accusations are much more guilty than those they accuse. Or are they? We are all guilty of something. In fact, we are all guilty of many things. Romans 3:10-12 accurately states, “None is righteous, no, not one; no one understands; no one seeks for God. All have turned aside; together they have become worthless; no one does good, not even one.”
Society is corrupt, and individuals are corrupt. We are all corrupt; there are no exceptions. So what are we to do? The best response is to recall what God already did for us; to recall what God offers us. In John 3:16-17 Jesus reassuringly says, “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.”
Too good to be true? Too simple to meet our need? Well, try it and see. In Psalm 34:8 David urges, “Oh, taste and see that the LORD is good! Blessed is the man who takes refuge in him!” Taste and see!
2 thoughts on “Pointing Fingers”
Unfortunately our mouths are worse than our fingers. Words can not be unspoken once they’re spoken and the only thing pointing back is someone else’s angry words.
Yes, and I recall that the book of James had something to say about that. And of course the accusations are words, sometimes spoken over pointing fingers.