When we are in the world we justify ourselves and condemn others.
But when we draw close to God we begin to see the big picture.
God is the Father of us all.
And He treats everyone with the same mercy and forgiveness.
God does not punish any of us.
He forgives us and sets us free.
Free to love and free to help.
There may be any number of reasons why people act the way they do.
The chief among these being fear.
God does not condemn us for our fears.
"'"Truly I tell you, just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family, you did it to me."'" Matthew 25:40 (NRSV)
And God's family includes everyone.
[Scripture quotations (marked NRSV) are taken from the New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright 1989 by the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the U.S.A., and are used by permission. All rights reserved.]