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Old 09-19-2021, 05:25 AM
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Red face “Judge Not Lest Ye Be Judged” Doesn’t Mean We Should Throw All Judgment Out The Wind

“Judge Not Lest Ye Be Judged” Doesn’t Mean We Should Throw All Judgment Out The Window

It’s three in the morning and you’re vomiting half-digested Jell-O shots in the vague direction of the toilet. As a loved one helps you get more regurgitated vodka in the bowl and less on the cat, they encourage you to dial back your wild Tuesday nights. “Judge not lest ye be judged,” you slur, ready to call them out on their bad eating habits before you pass out on the bathroom tile.

This one comes from some fellow named Jesus. It sounds simple enough, the Biblical version of “live and let live.” Whether you’re religious or not, surely you can agree with his call to not be a dick. And whenever people are slamming you for cheating or lying, just bust this sucker out to make them slink away in shame and think about their own failures.

Many, many quotes are misunderstood because they were popularized without context, which is why so many people think “a few bad apples” are no big deal. So how did Jesus’ sermon continue? “Now that that’s settled, let’s go knock back some wine on me”? Actually, it’s …

“And with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again. And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother's eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye? Or how wilt thou say to thy brother, let me pull out the mote out of thine eye; and, behold, a beam is in thine own eye? Thou hypocrite, first cast out the beam out of thine own eye; and then shalt thou see clearly to cast out the mote out of thy brother's eye.”

Judgment is fine; it’s hypocrisy that’s the problem. We’ll be judged by the measure we use to judge, but that’s fine if you’re sober and your pal is a raging alcoholic. But, if you also have a problem, you need to fix yourself before you start judging others for the same flaw.

That’s what the mote and beam metaphor is about. Not only is a problem in your life more important (to you) than a problem in someone else’s life, but people tend to be the most judgmental when they’re calling out a flaw they struggle with. Adulterers worry they’re being cheated on, alcoholics justify their drinking by looking down on people who drink even more, people with anger issues think everyone they meet is a jerk.

So we can’t judge if our judgment is flawed. But if our judgment isn’t flawed then hell yeah, judge away! Not only is whipping out an isolated “judge not” at every opportunity ironic, since you’re hypocritically judging everyone who judges you regardless of context, but we have to make judgments in order to tell good from bad. If we never judge anyone, then we’re implicitly condoning their actions.

So get your judgment on, everyone! Of course, judging should generally lead to helping, not mic drops, but letting bad people mindlessly drown out criticism with “don’t judge” misses the point entirely. Thankfully, this is the only time that Jesus’ words have ever been misinterpreted.


The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men should do nothing.
Leave the Drink Trade alone and it will throttle all that is good in a nation’s life.

Hmm something to think about (hmmm where did I leave my beer?)

O Almighty Lord God, who neither slumberest nor sleepest; Protect and assist, we beseech thee, all those who at home or abroad, by land, by sea, or in the air, are serving this country, that they, being armed with thy defence, may be preserved evermore in all perils; and being filled with wisdom and girded with strength, may do their duty to thy honour and glory; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

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