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I am married
I am a male
I am 40 years old.
My birthday is: September 6th.
I live in South Bend Indiana USA
My name is Paul Harbron. I am 37 years old and live in South Bend, Indiana. I married my wonderful wife in 2001, and have two amazing children. I work as an estimator in the construction industry. I was born and raised in Clinton, IA. I was raised in the Christian faith by my mother and grandfather. My parents divorced when I was 9 years old, and although my father remained in my life in many ways, he was never keen on sharing his views on Christ, or attending church. Although I was raised in the RCA/CRC tradition, I became a member of the Catholic faith eight years ago. Currently, I am a member of St. Bavo Church, in Mishawaka, IN.
I attended Unity Christian High School, a very small Christian school in the dutch community of Fulton, IL. I graduated from Calvin College in 1995, with a B.S. in Mathematics. I attended the University of Iowa, in pursuit of two separate doctoral degrees, but finished neither, and started a career in the construction industy soon after I married.
I am the youngest of five children.
This was going to be a blog, I didn't realize it was my testimony, but for now I will leave it.
My first ever statement as a Christian man, looking for God's desire, to move me into action, within his Creation:
I was listening to NPR today, as they discuss the tragedy that has occured in Haiti. They played a clip from Pat Robertson. He alluded to Haiti's demise being a result of a pact with the devil, some many years ago...
We have heard these words of judgement thrown from the mouth's of pastors, at least I have, for our entire life's. As Christians, when are we going to adhere to the words spoken by our Savior? We are told NOT to judge, that it is not our place. We know that judging others places judgement on ourselves. I am looking for Christians to be a source of wisdom for those who fall victim to this temptation. We are not the judges! Christ himself is not even the judge, but only the Father. Christ never judged another person on this Earth. He objected, He directed, He forgave, but never judged. This contradiction of our actions to our faith is a virus. It keeps those who are searching for answers from coming to their Savior to find them. In essence, we are putting stumbling blocks in the way of God's grace with these assaults of judgement.
Now, there is a difference between judgement and direction. If a brother in Christ is in need of direction, we, out of love, should offer it. Any Christian also has their own right to not walk with others who would break them down. As well, the Church is called to protect it's flock from that which would break it down, split it into factions, or deceive it from the Truth. However, the Church does not have the authority to judge, yet that seems to be the Church's calling throughout history.
And here is the difference. If my brother is sinning, and I see it, and I say to him, "brother, do you know what you are doing? You should stop this sin, and here is why it is a sin..." then I am directing him in Christ.
But if I see my brother sinning, and I say to him "If you do this, you will go to Hell", then I have judged him. Does anyone know the extent of God's grace? And more importantly, do you want to be held to the same judgements by God that you make on others.
I would compell my fellow Christians to work on their own holiness, and when it comes to others, love. Love as Christ has shown us to love, and as He has called us in the Great Commandments to love.
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