“…wail over the multitude…”– Ezekiel 32:18
The nation of Egypt had let pride settle in their hearts and elevated themselves above all others, even God. In this chapter, although Pharaoh saw himself as a conqueror, he was trapped in his sin, and destruction was imminent. Ezekiel was to cry over the coming destruction of the people. We discovered a similar image when Samuel wept for Saul. Jesus did the same thing when He overlooked Jerusalem and lamented for the city. The lamentations were for the multitudes that would die with no hope of everlasting life.
Jesus said, “Judge not, and you shall not be judged. Condemn not, and you shall not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven” (Luke 6:37). Was Jesus saying that we should accept everything in love and overlook sin? Of course not! That would be contrary to His Word. He was telling those that love Him and follow Him not to be judge and jury. He was saying that Christians should not be critical and disparaging. To treat others how you want to be treated, regardless of how you are treated.
The first and most distinguishing mark of a believer in our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ is love. Love for God, love for other Christians, and even for those who do not believe. Although a Satanic world system is despised, the lost sinner trapped in its net is loved. In this, we follow the example of Christ for the Bible tells us that when Jesus looked at the rich young ruler, He loved him (Mark 10:21).
Christians must remember that an unbeliever cannot understand spiritual things (1 Corinthians 2:13-16). It is important to remember we have all been in that place at one time or another. Many of us came to Christ by the loving hand of another who, rather than throwing stones, reached down and helped lift us. A disciple of Christ is earmarked not only through hatred of sin, but also their demonstrated love for others. It is not our responsibility to condemn and further divide. It is ours to share Christ, lament, and pray.
“Some Christians caught up in politics even view non-believers as the enemy, rather than the mission field. But for Christ’s true followers to isolate themselves, hate or resent the lost and their agenda, violates the church’s mandate to preach the gospel to the lost world.”– John MacArthur