June 26, Does anyone know what Jesus said after, “Stop judging”? I didn’t think so.

Matthew 7:1-5

Jesus said to his disciples:
“Stop judging, that you may not be judged.
For as you judge, so will you be judged,
and the measure with which you measure will be measured out to you.
Why do you notice the splinter in your brother’s eye,
but do not perceive the wooden beam in your own eye?
How can you say to your brother,
‘Let me remove that splinter from your eye,’
while the wooden beam is in your eye?
You hypocrite, remove the wooden beam from your eye first;
then you will see clearly
to remove the splinter from your brother’s eye.”

So this is how most of the world see’s this passage.

and here is how it is.

Jesus said to his disciples:
“Stop judging, that you may not be judged.
For as you judge, so will you be judged,
and the measure with which you measure will be measured out to you.
Why do you notice the splinter in your brother’s eye,
but do not perceive the wooden beam in your own eye?
How can you say to your brother,
‘Let me remove that splinter from your eye,’
while the wooden beam is in your eye?
You hypocrite, remove the wooden beam from your eye first;
then you will see clearly
to remove the splinter from your brother’s eye.”

I’ll be blunt.  Those who say, don’t judge me, usually are doing something they aren’t suppose to be doing and they know it.  Then they will go running to this passage, cite the first verse and forget the rest.

What is Jesus getting at here today about judging?  I have people that tell me they would never sit on a jury because Jesus says not to judge.  There are people I know that would never ever tell people that what they are doing is wrong because it’s judging.  That is not what Jesus is telling us here.  Jesus is telling us here that if we are going to admonish a sinner, we better have our own lives in order first.  Let’s not be blinded by our own sin when condemning others.  That it’s not our job to judge a person’s salvation.  That’s it.  There is nothing else here.  He does not say we can’t judge the actions of a person or group of people such as on a jury.  Jesus does not say that we are to not judge the actions and  use caution or say no when your child asks if he can spend the night at a house with a history of drug abuse or even manufacturing.  Do you want to “judge” that one?  Does Jesus tell us to ignore the actions of our children so that we are not judging them when they are in fact heading down a road of self-destruction?  No, Jesus doesn’t tell us that and most of us wouldn’t buy that either, yet we still don’t want people to judge us.  Why?

Jesus is instructing us today about love and mercy.  We are to be loving to those around us who do sin.  We are to show them mercy and kindness even when they sin against us just as we want them to show us mercy and kindness if the roles were reversed.  We shouldn’t sit in judgement of their soul for wearing shorts and flip-flops to church on Sunday.  Do you know why they did?  Should you not be happy that they are at least there?  Would you rather they take the money they would have spent on an suit or outfit and give it to the Church to help pay the bills or give to the poor?  Why are you worried about what someone else is wearing when you should be focused on what’s going on in your own heart.  That’s at the heart of today’s reading.

 

Thought for the day:  Why am I concerned about people’s judgement of me if I am not doing anything morally wrong?  There is good judgement, and bad judgement.  Which one am I doing, to who, and why?

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