Judge Not

Really? Is there really a single person on the face of the earth that doesn’t judge, or even thinks we shouldn’t judge others? Isn’t that very opinion (not to judge others) judgmental?

Let’s look at a few examples:

Your weird Uncle James just got out of jail for child molestation. He wants to babysit your seven year old daughter. Alone.

Let’s look at this from the “Christian” point of view because it is the Bible that says “Judge not, that ye be not judged.” You aren’t judging whether someone goes to heaven or hell. Even Hitler had his problems because of the way he was raised.  We really don’t know what made him do what he did and what will happen to him in the afterlife. That is not our place to judge what happens to people when they die. Anyone. Ever.

But you DO have to judge people every day in order to interact with them: who you hang out with, who you worship with, who you watch on television, whose music you listen to, where you send your children to school, etc. It is important for you to learn to judge, and judge righteously, for how people influence you and your family, and how they will fit, or not fit, in your life.

Imagine a world without judging. All criminals are free to continue doing whatever they want. We would be surrounded by filth, both physical and psychological. I wouldn’t like it.

Without laws, and judges, we would have mayhem. Judging is a necessary part of life, in any culture.

So stop the “Judge not” thing. That is NOT in the Bible. Read the whole thing. In context. And judge away, just judge righteously! And judge within the context of how it affects your life and your loved ones.