Is there a difference between having a first impression and being judgemental? As the cultural revolution of American Idol takes center stage in many of our evenings at home, this is a question i want to raise. I mean, there are plenty of moments on the show when you view someone and thinking ‘there is no way they are going to get a ticket’ and we are all blown away. And there are plenty of times the reverse is a true. A sexy looking individual comes in and they have no idea what a note is, much less where the correct one is.
But too often i know i’m guilty about making assumptions about the individuals more than their capability to sing. They subject themselves to such criticism about their singing, but i often begin to assume things about their character, life-style, morals, and anything else my mind decides would be reasonable. And i assume all this, in my mind, based upon a pre-edited version 3 minute clip of reality and and their talent or lack of.
Jesus told a story and James later echoed it. It’s found in James 2:
My brethren, do not hold the faith of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Lord of glory, with partiality. For if there should come into your assembly a man with gold rings, in fine apparel, and there should also come in a poor man in filthy clothes, and you pay attention to the one wearing the fine clothes and say to him, “You sit here in a good place,” and say to the poor man, “You stand there,” or, “Sit here at my footstool,” have you not shown partiality among yourselves, and become judges with evil thoughts?”
Often times we take one look and think we know a person. How many times have you had the wrong first impression of someone? It’s happened multiple times to me. From the first time i meet someone, they are fixed as a certain person in my mind. How i view them is colored a certain way. This happens in our relationships in our workplace, at church, in our community, at schools we attend, and anywhere else there are people to be seen.
If anything, this passage of scripture challenges me to believe the best of a person no matter how professional, sloppy, kept, un-kept, wealthy, or poor someone may appear. Christ compels us to get to know a person and not assume things of other people.
I want to live in such a way, that the heart of Christ seen before anything else. What about you?


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