I was listening to the Morning Show on Sportsradio 610 here and the discussion somehow turned to who would you want to play poker with. One of the guys said there's always someone who says they'd choose Jesus. Various hilarities ensued, including discussion on is bluffing Jesus a sin. Then, someone said, "Well, how about Judas?"
I have the feeling this post will be a little controversial. There's your disclaimer.
How about Judas? Often thought of as an bad man. But, isn't his crime only doing what he thought was the right thing to do? He turned one of his best friends in to the cops because he thought it was the right thing to do. Furthermore, if he didn't do what he thought was right, where would Christianity be today? How many of us would be willing to sacrifice a close friend because we thought it was ultimately the right thing to do? Besides, Jesus wanted him to do it, right? I mean, JC knew that he had to "die for our sins." Someone had to "betray" him. But, if JC had committed himself to that path, is it really a betrayal when Judas was just doing what Jesus wanted him to do?
Next to Jesus commiting himself to "dying for us," didn't Judas commit the (second) most ultimate act of altruism? The man was so heartbroken with himself for betraying his friend that he commited suicide. Could you handle that guilt? I don't know if I would be able to turn in my best friend for any crime they may have committed.
Just something to think about.