I recently found a good writer to follow in the world of blogs. Yesterday he published a very good piece which I will share here with his gracious permission. For your convenience, I have put the full link first for those who want to follow it to his site, followed by his article itself.
Thanks to Dave for sharing this with us.
Judge Not, That Ye Be Not Judged
There are many phrases associated with hypocrisy. There are many people who are accused of being less than honest in their speech. In my opinion, the phrase “Judge not, that ye be not judged” is frequently among the most hypocritical in use.
Let me illustrate like this.
A couple of days ago many observed what is commonly known as April Fool’s day. A friend of mine, in a moment of transparency and candor, shared his concerns about the common practice of misleading people intentionally in the name of fun. Mind you, I am not saying I agree with him or disagree with him, but I appreciated the thought.
What totally floored me was the rapidity with which he was attacked. A couple of individuals rose quickly to the attack, telling him he was a “sour pus” and a “spoil sport” and was trying to take the fun out of other’s lives. Another quoted the most quoted scripture of the Bible to him – “Judge not, that ye be not judged.” I could almost see the long, bony fingers being wagged in his face. The “fun loving” individuals were making a quick judgement of my friend.
What many fail to realize is that the famous command works both ways.
There are many who find the more conservative lifestyle of their neighbor offensive, and they are vocal about it. They are quick to judge those individuals as “straight-laced” or “sour pus” or “wackos.”
While it is definitely wrong for someone living a strict lifestyle to slander those who don’t and try to force them into a more thoughtful way of living, it is equally wrong for those who characterize themselves as “fun loving” and “carefree” to slander and demonize the conservative.
Many use this scripture as a way of bringing judgement against their more conservative neighbor. Ironic, isn’t it.
So there you have it, my “rant” for the day. I hope it wasn’t too hard to follow.
Thanks for reading,