Issues of Life

The Spotlight: To Judge or “Judge Not”?

In a presenter voice: “Welcome everybody to this week’s edition of The Spotlight.  I’m happy to be your hostess…

LOL!!!  But, I am feeling the new light-hearted nature of the Spotlight series…  I am hoping it will catch on :).  I am definitely having fun with it!  I hope you are too…

Okay, so glad to have your attention.  Today’s topic is a big one!  They’ve been arguing about it for centuries, and I suspect, today will not conclude the matter.  Nonetheless, I hope that you will get a greater understanding of the issues involved, and will be able to exercise more wisdom and love going forward.

I was blessed to come across Mitch Teemley’s two part series titled “To Judge or “Judge Not”.  Oh, who am I kidding?  I didn’t come across it…  He liked one of my posts, and me, being the good blogger than I am, I checked his blog too 🙂  And I was blessed.

I’ve been following him for a while, but I am not too familiar with his content.  I read a bit more yesterday, and the verdict is in – I LOVE IT!!!  He is smart, intelligent, well-written and insightful in his writing.  I hope to keep up with his posts…  Oh yeah, his blog is called “The Power of Story”, and he tells fascinating and inspiring stories too.  Do make sure you check them out during your visit.

Alright!  To the good part…  Well, the really really good part.  The reason for today’s post…  “To Judge or “Judge Not”?  What say ye?

Some of you may know that I am going through a mental adjustment on my site at the moment, being recently freed from a mentality I have carried for almost 15 years, which is most of my Christian walk…  I am no saint in the department of judging others.  In fact, I’ve been quite a pro.  We’re working on that, me and Jesus!

If I say more on the matter, I may undo the good work Mitch has done in putting his post together, so why don’t you go over there, read PART ONE and PART TWO, and drop your commentary for him.  Remember, if you love it, share it!!!

Here’s an excerpt from Part One:

It was 7:00 p.m. on a Halloween night. Amidst a flurry 6 year old Frozen princesses and 13 year old Walking Dead, our perpetually late letter carrier showed up. My first thought was to drop a candy bar in his bag and say, “Well, don’t you just look like a real mailman in your in little costume!”

But I didn’t. I bit my tongue. Because one of the most disturbing things I’ve experienced in life is the judgment of others, so God forbid I should do it myself. But I was tempted, oh, was I tempted. Why? Because we’re wired to make judgments. We do it every day. We judge whether to go to the market or wait till the rain lets up. Whether to open our front door to the guy in the Metallica t-shirt who says he’s “from the gas company.”

And yet, how many times have you heard someone say, “You’re judging me!” as if it were a universally bad thing? Or said it yourself, for that matter? Where did it come from, this ban on something we so naturally, and frequently need, to do?

Okay, so what did you think?  Do you think Jesus meant for us to exercise judgement, or not at all?  Btw, did anyone notice that I judged Mitch’s post and blog???  Was that okay, because my judgement was positive?  Well, I suppose if you answered my question you would be making a judgement too…  It seems we can’t get around judging, can we?  So the real issue is how can we judge righteously?  Please engage me with your comments!

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