These beautiful flowers hung in my living room over my TV for several years. They were getting dusty and dirty. Last winter I had my husband take them down and put them upstairs. I told him we will hang them outside in the summer on one of the bird feeder poles.
I think they look nice, don’t they? A little rain and the color brightened the color right up. Our neighbor asked my husband what kind of flowers they were because they were so pretty. Fake ones, he said. They do look real.
It seems to me many Christians are that way also. They look like Christians; they act like Christians, most of the time anyway. True character is who you are when no one but God is looking. We are not to judge our fellow Christians.
We are to seek that which is good, cling to that which is good and flee from evil. If we do not, at least in part, make judgments, how can we flee from evil? Making a judgment is vastly different then passing judgments.
Sometimes for our own well being and spiritual growth, we need to limit time spent with Christians that do not help us to grow spiritual. On occasion it may be necessary to have no contact with some.
Bottom line, I must make sure I am a real flower and not a fake. Second, if I need to protect my spiritual growth from someone who may not be a real flower, I should do so quietly. Limit contact and conversation. I must make sure my love is real.