Matthew 7:1-5 1 “Don’t judge, so that you won’t be judged. 2 You’ll receive the same judgment you give. Whatever you deal out will be dealt out to you. 3 Why do you see the splinter that’s in your brother’s or sister’s eye, but don’t notice the log in your own eye? 4 How can you say to your brother or sister, ‘Let me take the splinter out of your eye,’ when there’s a log in your eye? 5 You deceive yourself! First take the log out of your eye, and then you’ll see clearly to take the splinter out of your brother’s or sister’s eye.”
Boy, we are quick to judge others in so many ways. Jesus knew this and He knew we tend to overlook or excuse similar (or even worse) things in ourselves. A pattern that is destructive and hurtful in the world, workplaces and families. Judgement brings nothing positive to the table.
Don't judge however, does not mean don't have an opinion.It simply meant don't hold those who have a different outlook or who might reach a different conclusion in contempt. Politics seem to put this "don't judge thing on Steroids." People are ready to attack, take sides and cast those who disagree in a category of evil or stupid. Did you see the ad the two men who were running for office of Governor in Utah did? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zVSuooQORTU I can hear Jesus saying yes, that is what Matthew meant. If everyone acted this way, without judgement what a world this would be. it is never to late to begin and make this world a little better int he process. Civil discussions can be a thing again when we apply the rule, don't judge.
Of course, Jesus' words applied not just to politics but to all relationships. Think about all the family or friend relationships you have. Is it possible for two people to care deeply about each other’s well-being, and yet come to different conclusions about the best way to address issues that arise? Can they work together toward solutions without doubting each other’s honesty or motives? I believe it is possible, what sayeth you?
Meet the pastor
Rev. Pastor Carl Schreiber has been serving East Orrington Congregational Church (EOCC) since March 12, 2006