Being judged by your worst days

I read a pretty lengthy article from Alec Baldwin this morning.  It’s filled with expletives.  (I think that’s the term they use for bad language or cuss words.)  In it he talks about being misunderstood.  He readily admits to making lots of mistakes and takes responsibility for them.  However, he also talks about doing a lot of good things for charities.  One of the most interesting lines was,

“In the New Media culture, anything good you do is tossed in a pit, and you are measured by who you are on your worst day.”

I don’t care who you are, you do some things you wish you could take a mulligan on – have a do-over.  We’ve all had them.  And sadly, as Baldwin points out, more often than not that’s what people remember.

I always remember a priest who would stop at our drive-in restaurant and get sundaes and milkshakes.  One day he got a milkshake and when he got in the car he spilled it all over himself and the car.  He spent quite some time cleaning it up.  The next time he came and ordered a milkshake I jokingly asked him if he wanted a lid on it.  He said, “Do a thousand things right and nobody ever remembers, do one thing wrong and people never forget.”  That’s what Baldwin is saying.

In the Christian faith, there’s bad news and good news on this topic.  The bad news is that even if you were judged on your best day, without Jesus the verdict would be the same as being judged on your worst day.  Guilty.  You’re guilty before God on your best day or your worst day.  That’s the bad news for all the world.  The Good News is that with Jesus you aren’t judged on how you lived any of your days – good or bad.  You’re judged on Jesus’ days and His life.  And He never had a day of regret or did anything for which He needed to be forgiven.  He was all good – perfectly good.  We even call the day of his crucifixion on the cross good – It’s Good Friday.

“In the Jesus culture, anything bad you did or do is tossed in a pit, and you are measured by who Jesus was and is.”

Thanks be to God, who is rich in mercy.

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