Jesus only standard by which to judge

By Judy Brandon: CNJ columnist

This Father’s Day I am thinking about my father. I am thinking about an incident that happened many years ago when I was a small child. It shows how sometimes people judge others by earthly standards. A valid measurement involves looking at ourselves and others by God’s standards. An incident in my childhood just verifies this. I had no idea of the implications of the lesson at that time but now I realize the significance of that lesson.

When I was a child, we lived in Kansas City while Mother and Daddy attended seminary. Daddy was pastor of two churches at the same time. In addition, my parents had jobs all week in downtown Kansas City. Days were filled with commuting, early mornings and late evenings.

After working all week, my parents also were enrolled in seminary, taking classes in their “spare time.” Subjects as Hebrew, Greek, homiletics and New Testament history were studied and papers were written around the kitchen table.

Sundays were difficult.