Romans 14:8-13, For whether we live, we live unto the Lord; and whether we die, we die unto the Lord: whether we live therefore, or die, we are the Lord’s. 9 For to this end Christ both died, and rose, and revived, that he might be Lord both of the dead and living. 10 But why dost thou judge thy brother? or why dost thou set at nought thy brother? for we shall all stand before the judgment seat of Christ. 11 For it is written, As I live, saith the Lord, every knee shall bow to me, and every tongue shall confess to God. 12 So then every one of us shall give account of himself to God. 13 Let us not therefore judge one another any more: but judge this rather, that no man put a stumblingblock or an occasion to fall in his brother’s way.
What a great reminder while reading this passage just this morning, along with what a few commentaries had to say about this passage and the rest of Romans 14. As most of us can surely attest to, it is extremely easy, in fact, it’s natural- not to mention “fleshly,” and arrogant of us- to “play God” and judge one another, especially in matters that are not clearly spelled out in the scriptures. We see this everywhere the church is found. Whether in America, Southeast Asia, or China, we have an uncanny ability of setting ourselves up as the final authority and judging others whom we disagree with. I don’t know about you but I am often guilty of this. I am going to guess you struggle with it some yourself. I like what Warren Weirsbe had to say in his commentary of Romans 14:
“People who are busy winning souls to Christ have more important things to do than to investigate the lives of the saints. … We can pray, advise, and even admonish, but we cannot take the place of God.”
Where the Bible speaks, and speaks clearly, we must speak and not be silent. Where the Bible does not speak, or does not speak clearly, we must not judge, we must not play God. There is one God and one God only. We will all stand before Him some day and give an account for the lives that we have lived and the works that we have done, or refused to do.
Let’s stop playing God!!!