Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Judge Not Lest Ye Be Judged!

Lately I have been reading a few posts on other sites that are really disturbing me. The more I read the accussations, the judging, the name calling, and the putting down of others - it amazes me how a Christian would rip down another and not see what they are saying is as equally and hurtful as what they are accussing of others are doing. One bible verse did come to mind, so I googled it to see what came up... (and we are in the Easter Season) I just thought this may be something that was worth sharing. Whether one is Christian or not, I believe the message is loud and clear and something that we could all practice.

Christian Analysis of American Culture

Let He Who is Without Sin Cast the First Stone

Matt. 7:1 "Do not judge, or you too will be judged."

Matt 7:2-5 "For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged [if we judge with an evil heart or dark intent, His judgment of us will reflect it; if we judge nobly with honesty and justice, His judgment of us will reflect that, too], and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you [if we use extremes or exaggerations or other ignoble means, our judgment will reflect it and judging with fairness and compassion will garner likewise in His judgment of us]. Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother's eye [point out his sins, "minor" in Jesus' example here] and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye [our own sins, even and especially those we will not admit, magnified by our selective blindness]? How can you say to your brother, 'Let me take the speck out of your eye,' [tell him of his "minor" sins] when all the time there is a plank in your own eye [that there are greater or the same sins in our own lives which we do nothing about or think we are above]? You hypocrite* [pointing out the sins of others while by pretense thinking of ourselves as above sin], first take the plank out of your own eye [sincerely ask the Lord for forgiveness and learn and live the Truth and Light by His Word], and then you will see clearly [be in a righteous position] to remove the speck from your brother's eye [to judge and to help him out of his bondage to sin]." At Galilee, the Decapolis, Jerusalem, Judea and the region across the Jordan, Jesus was talking to the multitudes gathered there after hearing of His message and of His healings to beseech them to not become like the pharisees and hypocrites who think they are above sin.

Something to think about, huh?


  1. I agree mk4me...for Lent I did not want to "give up" food or tv...I wanted to improve myself. Talk less about people(petty gossip), not judge, try to stay calm & not get so frustrated easily. I'm not only doing it for Lent...but for life. How can we judge others when we have our own faults? I think sometimes I don't realize what I'm doing. But the great thing is, you can always try again to be a better person!!

  2. Or from my pagan perspective...Live and let live; you're ok, I'm ok. We are big on not telling other people what to do with their lives and letting everyone choose their own path.


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