Finding God in the Mysteries of every day
Week 36 Day 2
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7 “Do not judge, or you too will be judged. 2 For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.
3 “Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye? 4 How can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when all the time there is a plank in your own eye? 5 You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.
Perhaps no scripture has been as completely misinterpreted as this one. For some bizarre reason many have chosen to believe that this opens the door for any behavior as being acceptable in our society. If then that is true, there is no such thing as sin. If that is true I am asked by scripture to suspend all discernment between good and bad for there is nothing inherently bad. How absurd!
This passage is about condemnation. It is about (as usual) some overly prideful individuals trying to step into God’s place and “open the books” crossing out the life of someone else. We must not even begin to think that we are in a position to make that kind of call on someone’s life. Conversely, we are also not to allow the reasonable assessment of our minds to be shoved off the cliff of so called Christian gentility. While we hold out hope for and minister to the needs of all people we need our wits about us to recognize the limits of our abilities and understanding. God’s grace and our love because of that grace covers a multitude of sins.