September 13th, Don’t Judge!

I want to preface today’s post with this little paragraph.  You will find no place filled with more hate, contempt, rancor, loathing, hostility, enmity than a news outlet’s Facebook comment box.  Just look at a comments box for someone that was arrested and there’s already a trial with no evidence in the comments box and calls for public executions and beatings.  That’s not exactly justice.  If the person is innocent it’s it’s a tragedy right?  But who care’s about innocence in a “kangaroo” court.  In today’s Gospel reading Jesus speaks about hatred, love and mercy.

Luke 6:27-38

‘Jesus said to his disciples:
“To you who hear I say, love your enemies,
do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you,
pray for those who mistreat you.
To the person who strikes you on one cheek,
offer the other one as well,
and from the person who takes your cloak,
do not withhold even your tunic.
Give to everyone who asks of you,
and from the one who takes what is yours do not demand it back.
Do to others as you would have them do to you.
For if you love those who love you,
what credit is that to you?
Even sinners love those who love them.
And if you do good to those who do good to you,
what credit is that to you?
Even sinners do the same.
If you lend money to those from whom you expect repayment,
what credit is that to you?
Even sinners lend to sinners,
and get back the same amount. 
But rather, love your enemies and do good to them,
and lend expecting nothing back;
then your reward will be great
and you will be children of the Most High,
for he himself is kind to the ungrateful and the wicked.
Be merciful, just as also your Father is merciful.

“Stop judging and you will not be judged.
Stop condemning and you will not be condemned.
Forgive and you will be forgiven.
Give and gifts will be given to you;
a good measure, packed together, shaken down, and overflowing,
will be poured into your lap.
For the measure with which you measure
will in return be measured out to you.”‘

This is a parallel text from Matthew (chapters 5-7).  One of the battle cry’s of many people today is “Don’t judge!”  From my experience people that usually say this are doing things they already know to be wrong.  For those that cry out “don’t judge”, why are you saying that?  Why does it matter?  Do we ever tell someone “don’t judge” if we know we are doing something right?

Judgment is part of our lives.  I have to make judgement at times about who my kids can hangout with.  Do we allow our children to spend the night at anyone’s house without knowing everything we can about their parent’s?  Do we hire someone as a bookkeeper who just was fired for embezzlement?   In everyday life we sometimes have to make judgments about the actions of some.  Jesus calls us to be mindful of that we aren’t to judge the actions of others before taking a look at our own lives.  We should’t tell someone not to steal if we are stealing ourselves.  We shouldn’t be telling someone not to fornicate if we’re committing adultery.  God’s going to judge us with the same mercy, compassion and forgiveness that we have shown others in our lives. “For the measure with which you measure will in return be measured out to you”.

If you really want to make a positive difference in the world, lay off the negative remarks in the comment’s box.  Let’s let the facts come out and let a person be tried in a court of law with facts and evidence rather a court of public opinion based on hearsay and prejudice.

Just one last thing:  Do I really do to others as I would have them do to me?

One thought on “September 13th, Don’t Judge!

  1. And we forget…. There’s an aspect of Mercy…. Even for the guilty. Everyone is deserving of Mercy and forgiveness, no matter how horrific their actions. If they are truly sorry and ask for forgiveness? We are called to forgive. That’s tough, especially when innocent humans were terrible hurt by their actions. It takes a lot of strength to forgive and show Mercy.


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