Matthew 7: vs 1-5 “Do not judge, so that you may not be judged. For with the judgement you make you will be judged, and the measure you give will be the measure you get. Why do you see the speck in your neighbor’s eye, but do not notice the log in your own eye? Or how can you say to your neighbor, ‘Let me take the speck our of your eye,’ while the log is in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck our of your neighbor’s eye.” The New Oxford Annotated Bible. New Revised Standard Version
How many of us have used that often quoted phrase about judgement? I know I have. And I believe I have even said and written that the hardest thing is NOT to be judgmental. But, judgement starts with a declaration of what is good. Jesus follows up with a warning. We will all be judged by the same measure we use. If we cannot hold to our standard, we should not apply that standard to others.
In today’s culture the popular opinion is “tolerance.” But what Jesus really means, I think, is that we should amend our own behavior and live properly – according to the morals and ethics and standards of our own cultures – before exercising judgement, and help others do the same. I am not talking about extremists. What they do is not remotely about love and kindness.
As long as we hold to our own faults, we will see them in everyone else. Judgement, like charity, begins at home. Don’t judge hypocritically. If we see the faults in someone else, we should probably examine our own.