“And when they saw some of his disciples eat bread with defiled, that is to say, with unwashen, hands, they found fault.”
There are some people in life that it doesn’t matter how good something is, they will always find fault in whatever they are around. Unfortunately, there are marriages that struggle because one person constantly points out the flaws of their spouse. There are children who have wonderful parents, but these children are more interested in discovering the faults of their parents than they are in enjoying their good qualities. There are church members who are members of good churches, but these church members are more interested in pointing out the faults of their church, pastor and things they dislike about their church than they are about pointing the God’s hand working in their church.
It could be said about anything in life that there is fault to find. Even Jesus had to put up with people who found fault with those whom He was training. Instead of relishing in the fact that Jesus was making an impact on the lives of these disciples, the scribes and Pharisees were more interested in pointing out what they considered flaws because they didn’t like that Jesus was taking people from following them. Four observations can be learned from the verse above about finding faults.
First, you can always find fault if you are looking for it. If the scribes and Pharisees could find “fault” in Jesus’ ministry, you can certainly find fault in anything. The reason you can find fault in any person or cause is because sinful people are involved. Just because you found fault in a sinful person whom God is using doesn’t make you a great Christian, but a tool of Satan. Finding fault in sinful people is easy to do if that is your agenda. You will always succeed in finding fault in good people or good works because good people and works are at the best filled with sinful people who have faults.
Second, finding fault doesn’t mean you found a fault. Just because you deem something as a fault doesn’t make it a fault. What the scribes and Pharisees thought was a fault was not a fault at all. You are not the prosecutor, judge and jury of others; you are simply another person who is as guilty of the people you are accusing. The only person who has a right to find fault in others is God, and because you are not God, you have no right to deem something as a fault because you are not a righteous God who sees the whole picture. You must always keep in mind that your perspective of things is skewed from a small portion of the whole picture.
Third, finding fault is only done to distract others from your faults. The only reason the scribes and Pharisees were busy pointing out the faults in others was because they were trying to hide their own faults. It would be better for you to spend your time and energy on fixing your own faults than trying to deflect others away from your faults by pointing to what you deem as faults in others. Your attempt to deflect away from your fault always fails because your faults will always come to light.
Fourth, it is better to find reasons to build a flawed person than it is to find fault in sinners. Instead of trying to point out the flaws, you would be wise to invest your time and energy into trying to build flawed people. Your life will make a greater impact in its short time on this Earth if you will use your time in building the flawed people that others are trying to destroy.