Therefore you have no excuse, whoever you are, when you judge others; for in passing judgment on another you condemn yourself, because you, the judge, are doing the very same things. – Romans 2:1
How often have we judged others? Probably ore than we realize. I know I certainly do it. Whether at work, at home or out on the town (okay I haven’t been out on the town for a long time but it sounded good so I used it) I know I have done it.
“Why does that person do that like that? He doesn’t know what he is doing.” “Why is she dressed like that? She must be a tramp.” “That guy is always begging, why doesn’t he find a job? He must be lay.” These are all judgments and ones I admit I make. Not as much as I used to because I have made myself aware of it, but I do it.
“Do not judge, and you will not be judged; do not condemn, and you will not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven; give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap; for the measure you give will be the measure you get back.” – Luke 6:37 – 38
I have come to realize that we need to live Christ-like lives. If we don’t how can we expect others to? I wrote the other day about how we have taken God out of the public square and we need to find a way to bring Him back, living a Christ-like life is one way to do that. By letting others see how we live, how we treat others, how we don’t judge, condemn and how we forgive, maybe, just maybe they will follow our example.
I don’t pretend this will be enough, but it is a start. Live as Jesus would want us to and don’t be afraid, when others ask you why you do what you do, to tell them. Spread the word.