President Trump’s comments during a press conference with President Putin yesterday set off a firestorm of commentary, most of which being negative. Some of that negative commentary crossed the line from constructive criticism into baseless ridicule. It is one thing to call out things with which you disagree and take a stand for what you believe in. It is entirely another thing to ridicule someone for nothing but the satisfaction of ridiculing them. When we take pride in our ridicule of someone else, have we actually achieved something to be proud of? No, there is nothing easier under the sun than finding fault with the deeds of others. In Romans, Paul put it succinctly by saying, “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” Much of the strife in this world is caused by those who take pleasure in pointing out the sin of others while ignoring their own. Today, each time you feel the need to think or speak ill of others, say a prayer for grace, forgiveness, and mercy for them. Extend to them the forgiveness that Jesus extended to you.
“For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” — Romans 3:23 ESV