i was thinking about judgment yesterday.
we all judge even if we don’t want to admit it. we look at people and make calls based on what we see. we listen to conversations and critique even though we really don’t know that person or their heart. or we look at a “sin” and immediately in our heart we say, “i’m not as bad as they are”
so like the Pharisee who prayed out loud in the temple, we look at others and give them a grade based on very little information. it’s judgment, but very poor judgment.
it is something i fight almost everyday. i try and remind myself that i don’t know the rest of the story, but it just comes up. to quote Peter Cetera and Chicago it’s a “Hard Habit to Break”
so what got me moving in this direction of thought?
i was remembering a conversation i had with a friend about the movie “Gladiator” several years ago. now this friend didn’t go to R rated movies, or at least didn’t admit to going. but they went to see Gladiator because the R rating came from “necessary violence”. so that was the first qualifying remark so that no one would judge them. and that’s the way it is with our media, we can justify something if it’s violent, but not if it has sexual or lewd content. God forbid any people in church actually admit that they like SouthPark or Sex in the City.
i’m not advocating anything, i just think if we were honest about who we are and what we do, then there would be a lot less judgment. i mean i don’t care that my friend saw Gladiator. it’s an awesome film with a great story. i don’t care if people watch South Park, it’s funny and honest. i don’t care what you have on your iPod, well i take that back i will judge you if you have Lil Wayne or Justin Beiber, but that’s just a quality issue. i’m saying just own it. don’t apologize for it. don’t try to sneak into the back of the theater when Hangover 3 comes out.
so i’ll finish with this passage from Matthew where Jesus is talking about judgment.
And why worry about a speck in your friend’s eye when you have a log in your own? How can you think of saying to your friend, ‘Let me help you get rid of that speck in your eye,’ when you can’t see past the log in your own eye? Hypocrite! First get rid of the log in your own eye; then you will see well enough to deal with the speck in your friend’s eye. Matthew 7:3-5 NLT
that’s how i try to deal with judgment. i try and remind myself that there is a huge telephone pole in my eye and it blurs my vision just a little.