For me, the theme for this past year at Taylor has been "this place is not perfect." I'm one of those people who will gush about our intentional community and servant leadership, but this does not stop the cracks from showing. Though Taylor University for me has been a haven and wellspring of Christian fellowship, I'm learning more and more that this isn't the case for everybody. People have been hurt. Some feel isolated or unwelcome, judged.
Not all Christians act like Christians. But if everyone at Taylor were perfect, complete with perfect administration and academic systems, everyone would be happy all the time, right?
Actually, no. Because there are people who, no matter how worshipful the worship or kind the leaders or amicable the students, do not want to be part of it. And there are people who are hurt and don't know how to enter into the Body. These problems need to be addressed with love and prayer.
And then there are people who give out judgments like candy on a parade, and their counterparts: people who complain about how everybody judges everybody. These also need to be addressed with love and prayer -- and, I think, in the spirit of love, just a little mockery, too.
It's okay, I'm going to start by mocking myself. The following are just a few judgments I make on a regular basis and the things that instigate them.
Crowd screams for someone making an announcement during chapel.
Judgment: Yeah, okay, they're from your wing. Shut up already.
Someone I know makes an announcement during chapel.
Judgment: Whoohoo!!! This is worth getting excited over!
Loud male voices are heard outside.
Judgment: Broho boys are up to something...
Person whooshes past on a longboard.
Judgment: Insta-cool points. You appear to be a free-spirited individual who cares not for the social constraint of having to actually walk with people.
Pants are purposefully worn to show underwear and belted so they stay that way.
Judgment: Obviously you don't know the purpose of pants or how to wear them.
Combination of the previous two.
Judgment: ..... I no longer know what to think of you.
These things probably say more about me than I know. Are any of these assessments in any way justifiable? Am I the problem at Taylor? Do we make up more problems than actually exist?
My point? Love people. Don't assume too much. And don't neglect to notice when you're the one doing the judging.