Tuesday’s Torch 597
July 21, 2020
Today I was able to take a little trip down memory lane thanks to a 6 year old Facebook thread where my friend Tim had sent out an invitation to a cookie night/dinner party. They were always fun and quite a group of people would show up. To say that we were a crazy bunch would be an understatement. But it was a place where we all felt welcome and never felt judged.
Recently with a lot of the things going on in the world and especially in the United States there’s a lot of judgment going around. So many people seem to want to focus on the bad and see everyone at their worst. It seems uncool to be able to make our decisions about people currently and historically while evaluating good and bad. Instead we are left in a world that wants to judge everyone based on their worst characteristics or their biggest mistakes and faults as opposed to their strengths and the good.
The insane part of this is that none of us want to be judged and more importantly condemned based on our weaknesses and faults, yet it is becoming a pandemic of sorts that negativity has taken over.
What is to be done to stop this? To learn to see others as God sees them, to see them as a brother or sister, to see them as another precious soul that Jesus Christ sacrificed himself to save. And he did that to save them of the very things we seem to hold against them and judge them on solely. I’ll share a verse that covers what I’m trying to say. Matthew 7:1-2 states the following:
“Judge not, that ye be not judged.
For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again.”
First off he says not to judge. But do you see why? We are told to not judge so that we won’t be. Because the way we judge is the way we will Be Judged! If we view our judgements of others with that in mind it is my belief that we will view them much more kindly. When we want to judge someone at their very worst or based only on their mistakes and shortcomings, we will ask ourselves if we would like someone to judge us based off the worst parts of us and our mistakes and shortcomings. I think that we all like being seen in a positive light. I have said before that nobody minds being judged as long as it is favorable. “I think you’re a great person!” is a judgement that almost nobody has a problem with. We can’t say the same for the opposite.
All of us felt that positive feeling of acceptance and being viewed in the most favorable light when hanging out at Tim and Joe’s, (sorry Dawn but we all referred to it that way, but we love you like crazy too!) Were we perfect or even remotely close to it? Nope. The stories I could tell even about my man Tim would prove that. And please don’t ask around for stories about me! But we didn’t judge each other on their faults. I’d like to see more of the kindness and fellowship that we had take off and run across the world faster and more completely than Covid and especially the hysteria surrounding it!
So before we start pointing out the worst in someone, maybe step back and think how we would feel to be judged solely on us at our worst. I sure wouldn’t want anyone doing that to me, especially if it were at that great judgement day where we have been warned that we will be judged the way we judge. Our challenge is to be non-judgmental to the point of being way overly likely to judge favorably. Because speaking for myself, I can use all the help I can get. And these words I leave with you in the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.
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