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Battling Judgmentalism: Lessons from the Woman at the Well

I think I’m not judgmental… until I’m confronted with how judgmental I am! The truth is, I like feeling that I deserve my blessings somehow. I really do care about people and I’m becoming a better person but sometimes I’m faced with my own obnoxious arrogance and it makes me cringe. I’m crazy thankful for grace and God not giving up on me. I wish he would also let me go back in time and re-do some of my epic grace fails!   Click here to read the Bible passage I once had a woman share her story with me. She was living in a trailer park and dating her best friend’s baby daddy. He wanted to keep living with her and stay legally married to the first woman because of some tax issue. Meanwhile, the best friend was going to keep babysitting for all the kids because she was collecting disability. After sharing all of the rest of the details, this woman asked me, “What would you do?” All I could think was “we departed from what I would I do a loooong time ago.” And I failed. I failed to show Jesus’ love in this situation. I did a horrible job of representing him. In that moment, all I could see was how different this woman’s life was from mine and I looked down on her. I sat there dumbfounded and offered no hope. Much to my disgust, I have repeated the story among Christians often and it has always met with uproarious laughter. The last time I told the story, the young adults at my table laughed, and I immediately knew I was wrong. I thought of how Jesus reacted to the woman at the well. I suddenly saw my hypocrisy and I was ashamed. Let’s look at how much more awesome Jesus is than me: This chapter starts out by giving us the background info that Jesus is gaining popularity and some big important dudes of the day, the Pharisees, are starting to take notice. The Pharisees were not happy about people following Jesus and they were probably looking for a reason to condemn him. So Jesus goes out of his way to talk to the people that the Pharisees hated most. The Samaritans and Jews had a long history of…