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– But if a man does not know how to rule his own house, how shall he take care of the church of God? – 1 Timothy 3:5

– Judge not – that ye be not judged. – Matthew 7:1

Flipping through the channels last month, I came across an interesting episode of Sponge-Bob SquarePants titled “The Patty Caper“.  In this story, the Krusty Krab has run out of the secret ingredient for the formula put on all Krabby Patties.  Sponge-Bob is sent out to get a heavily guarded shipment arriving in an armored truck just outside the entrance.

A S.W.A.T. team member quickly hands off the briefcase with the bottle inside to Sponge-Bob, before jumping back on the truck – which then speeds away.  But – the ingredient is missing. A hole has been cut in the bottom of the briefcase.  Mr. Krabs has entrusted this to Sponge-Bob – and tells him to go find out what happened … or not to come back.

The little yellow guy enlists the investigative help of Patrick. Everywhere they go they seemingly find smoking guns – catching both Plankton and Sandy with Krabby Patties … which all have sauce on them.  Squidward is found with a briefcase which looks exactly like the one with the secret ingredient. There must have been a switch made somehow.

Although Sponge-Bob is certain about the guilt of each – all have justifiable explanations.  Nothing was how it appeared to be at first (Joshua 22:4-34).  When Sandy produces a receipt for all the Krabby Patties she bought to store up for winter, she is furious at Sponge-Bob. She says, “Next time, before you run around accusing people of things – make sure your own house is in order first.”

If we’re believers, we should be making sure our own houses and churches are in order before we start running around accusing other ones of not being so.  Especially if we’re feeling guilty about something before God – and are perhaps attempting to divert attention away from ourselves.  You see, the guilty party all along was Mr. Krabs.

Yet, he sent his best employee on what he knew would be a wild-goose chase, falsely accusing people and perhaps having them get the blame. All to divert attention away from himself. All to save the $1.99 it cost for the bottle.  Loyal and dutiful Sponge-Bob ran the risk of ruining friendships because of it. Once Sponge-Bob returned, Mr. Krabs even tried to point the finger of guilt at him.

When the woman taken in adultery was brought to before Christ, he said to the scribes and Pharisees, “He that is without sin among you, let him cast a stone  (John 8:3-7).”  If we are believers, we are to live the gospel we preach (1 Corinthians 9:14).  If we are ever pointing our fingers at others – perhaps we’re trying to redirect the finger of blame at someone else, to divert attention away from our still sinful hearts.

By doing so, perhaps we’ll miss God telling us where we should be going – and what we should be doing (Isaiah 30:21, 1 Kings 19:12-15). We are to be confident we are guides of the blind – a light to them in darkness – not just pointing out they’re still living in it (Romans 2:19-22). We are to focus on our own repentance – not the repentance of others.

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