I woke up the other morning and just considered the passage in Matthew 7:1-5 for a detailed amount of time. It led to this blog (obviously) and to other idea’s. Here is some of the idea’s I thought about.
‘Do not judge…’ (7:1)
This passage follows a few ‘do’s’ and ‘don’ts’ by Jesus and the idea of ‘do unto others’ – and this idea ties them all in beautifully. I think Jesus knew humanity very good and it shows in this passage. We should not ‘judge’ other people since we do not know all the circumstances surrounding their personal situation. We may be able to relate – but that doesn’t mean we totally understand. But Jesus knew we would judge (since we are human after all) so it goes on.
‘so that you will not be judged’ (7:1)
This is the reason to not ‘judge’ – since we do not like being ‘type-cast’. This ties in the idea of ‘doing unto others as we would like done unto us’ – which includes how we view another person. I am a Christian and I get judged to be certian things all the time – but it’s always quite unfair to make those presumptions. So I try not to judge anyone so I don’t get treated the same way – by the calls I make on your life – get made on mine – which is unfortunate and un-neccesary. Things can be avoided if we think through what we say about another person.
Verses 3-5 go on about the idea in more depth – and about looking at our own deficiencies and not the next persons (so as to find our justification or self-righteousness). I think as humans we have a whole host of ideas to deal with in our own lives and this is where ‘judgment’ needs to start and to stay. But if I am going to judge on something – I tend to take the person out of the situation – and measure on the basis of what the value is alone. I need to be careful to allow people the right to change – so I avoid the idea of judging the individual – since this can become quite condemnatory quite fast – and extremely hypocritical. I think it’s hypocritical to judge when we are asked not to – simply said.
We have all been judged by people around us and it has effected the view we had of ourselves. I have had parents, teachers, friends, pastors, etc which helped to de-rail the values I held about myself (or they destroyed my esteem). I have found this to be very disturbing in my life and I had to go through years just to ‘drop that baggage’. I think Jesus’ teachings about judging is not an excuse for being judgmental (as I have heard over pulpits in the past) but a reason not to do it at all. Judgments can hurt people in case you haven’t figured that out yet (and in some cases can help a person condemn themself). Let’s be vigilant to love one another and less vigilant to rush to judgment.
**On a side note, I am doing something about this idea. I had a falling out with a pastor of mine (years ago) and we haven’t seen ‘eye to eye’ since then – and he was a mentor of sorts to me. I realized I got to judgmental about the whole thing and I am going to write him a letter letting him know all the good things he did for me and my faith system. Call it my way of ‘making things right’ and letting another know that they are important – even if I took that for granted.