“With what judgment you judge, you will be judged; and with the measure you use, it will be measured back to you.” —Matthew 7:2 “If you do judge, you will be judged in exactly the same way.” Who of us would dare to stand before God and say, “God, judge me as I have judged others”? — My Utmost For His Highest
there is nothing scarier than that if we have spent our life judging, criticizing, and belittling others.
however, this should not be taken grossly out of context or used as a basis for the much scarier open-mindedness that accepts everything to be right and leaving truth and righteousness to be a matter of opinion.
just as it is impossible for two chairs to hold the same space at the same time, it is also impossible for two contradictory claims to be both right. black is black and white is white. good is godly just as bad is evil.
when we are warned from judging others, it doesn’t mean that we ought not declare that someone else’s actions, belief, or lifestyle is evidently morally amiss for fear of being called judgmental.
what Jesus hates and condemns is when we judge other people with condescension — an unholy sense of superiority, as though we could never commit the same mistakes or land with the same problems.
Christ demands that we examine ourselves first and remove the plank in our own eyes before we decide to start critically identifying and removing the speck in another’s eye. (matthew 7:1-5)
we judge the act, not the person. we hate the attitude, not the man.
the danger of not calling a bad deed evil and unacceptable is that we could end up tolerating or getting comfortable with a host of bizarre moral aberrations such as terrorism, pedophilia, child prostitution, graft, and corruption, etc.
God gave us intelligent minds to make intelligent judgments on moral issues. and, He will hold us accountable for what we tolerate.
“My Lord, i ask for a pure heart never to judge and criticize others whom You created out of love and love so much. but give me the courage to identify sin and evil in my life or the negative influences so that with the strength and wisdom of Your Spirit, i may work with all my strength and determination to avoid them. i ask the same, my Lord, for my children, those i love, and the world so that all Your creation will bring glory to Your name. Mother Mary and St. Joseph, pray for us.”