In the Same Way

“Do not judge, or you too will be judged. For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you. Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye? How can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when all the time there is a plank in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.” (Matthew 7:1–5, NIV 1984). 

“You, then, who [would instruct] others, do you not [accept instruction] yourself? You who preach against racism, [are] you [practicing racism]? You who say that people should not [be close-minded], do you [close your mind]? You who abhor [intolerance], [are] you [being intolerant]? You who brag about the [rule of] law, do you dishonor [it] by breaking the [rule of] law?”  (Romans 2:20–23, 21st century application, with apologies to the Apostle Paul).

My Musing – It seems that too many people are way too narrow-minded and judgmental nowadays. Too eager to point out the perceived faults of others, without considering how their judgment might be clouded by their own real shortcomings. We need to realize that just because someone does not agree with our point-of-view, that does not necessarily mean that they are intolerant, opinionated, close-minded, etc. Maybe it is us that are those things. But even if we are in the right, that does not justify name-calling or otherwise marginalizing those who do not agree with us.

My Advice – We (and I include me in we) need to chill. We need to be considerate, polite and understanding. We need to allow for different perspectives, no matter how justified we might feel in ours. Ours is to merely “speak the truth in love,” as we see the truth, leave the conviction with the Holy Spirit, and the judgment with the LORD the righteous judge.