I have to admit that I am astonished as well as dismayed by the judgement and condemnation people can pour out towards others without first exercising any kind of empathy. There seems to be an unending supply of closed-minded selfishness in this world of controllers, filled with hatred. It almost never occurs to me to pass judgment on another without trying to see from the perspective of the other person. Albeit, I don’t condone acts of violence and hatred but even in the evilest acts, I do try to look at the situation with an open mind and evaluate the actions and events before contemplating judgement.
Yes, we do have rules set forth, either by law or God or both, to live by and thus can exercise the need to make necessary judgements for safety sake based on that but…
To set forth and proclaim judgments and condemnation on another person simply because they think differently or live a different lifestyle or eat a different diet or worship God differently or look different, is simply “sinful”. I pray that God’s love covers us all so that we might all cover each other in that same love.
In the words of Jesus and the disciples: you hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother’s eye. I tell you, on the day of judgment people will give account for every careless word they speak, for by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned. And as they continued to ask him, he stood up and said to them, let him who is without sin among you be the first to throw a stone at her.
For instance one person believes he may eat anything, while another with a sensitive conscience eats only vegetables. Those who feel free to eat anything must not look down on those who don’t. And those who don’t eat certain foods must not condemn those who do, for God has accepted them. In the same way, some think one day is more holy than another, while others think every day is alike. Let us stop passing judgement on one another.
For the whole law is fulfilled in one word: Love! You shall love your neighbor as yourself. But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law. And those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. If we live by the Spirit, let us also walk by the Spirit. Let us not become conceited, provoking one another, envying one another. .
Matthew 7:5, 12:36-37, John 8:7, Romans 14:2-3, 5, 13 Galatians 5:14, 22-6:5