I have been thinking a lot about how others view me – and how I view others. One rallying cry that I hear is "No one can judge me." Well, pardon my French, but that's a load of crap. As the radio advertisement says, "People do judge us by the . . . . ." and it drones on to give examples. What was that advertisement about, and did it reach me? Hmmmmmmmm.
I make judgments all of the time. "I can't believe she is wearing that blouse with that skirt." Judgment.
"Oh, how I hate that witch. She came in 30 minutes late today and the manager did not catch her, again." Judgment.
"Food stamps. You must be lazy." Judgment.
People have the right to judge, or even if they don't, they judge anyway.
If have said before, either in this blog or as a response to someone else on their blog, that one of my favorite passages in the Bible concerns judgment – or more accurately the danger of focusing on judgment.
Judge not, that you be not judged. For with what judgment you judge, you will be judged; and with the measure you use, it will be measured back to you. And why do you look at the speck in your brother's eye, but do not consider the plank in your own eye? Or how can you say to your brother, 'Let me remove the speck from your eye'; and look, a plank is in your own eye? Hypocrite! First remove the plank from your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother's eye.
I am not a Bible scholar – don't pretend to be one – but I have my own opinions about what I read. I think Jesus is warning us against putting down others in order to make ourselves feel special and closer to God. For me, I have many faults, and at this point in my life, I find it more productive to focus on improving me rather than pointing out the faults of others.
In time, perhaps, I will gain some wisdom and will be able to help others when called to do so.
A grey day. Sorry the subject does not lighten it today.
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