In our series this weekend we’re talking about Jesus’ statement, “Judge not, or you too will be judged.” I need your help once again.

Have you ever found yourself in a situation where you felt like you were being judged by someone? Or, do you ever find yourself being judgmental toward others?

This is going to sound crazy, BUT, I find it increasingly challenging to tell people that I am a Pastor these days. It’s like they make this automatic judgment that I’m going to be judgmental towards them–ouch.

I was flying into Akron/Canton a couple of weeks ago and the guy sitting beside me asked what I did for a living. I told him that I was a teacher (I didn’t want the automatic walls to go up). I kid you not, he said, “Oh, I thought you were a Pastor.” “Ummm, actually I am.”

I’m not at all embarassed by what I do, I just hate the way the conversation shifts and the way people change their behavior when they make judgments about what it means for me to be a Pastor. Know what I mean?