Friday, May 23, 2008

Judgementalness

Jesus doesnt give a lot of rules in the Bible. I once heard someone say that if you took eveything Jesus said in the Bible it would add up to about 2 and a half hours of talking. What Jesus said was very powerful though. Two big life rules I got from him were. "Do unto others as you'd have them do unto you" and "Judge not lest you be judged". These are very simple rules that any human being can follow most of the time.

When we judge others, arent we in effect breaking both of these rules? Do we want to be judged?

What is judging? Why do we do it? Well, I learned in the military that I needed to evaluate threats. I guess this could be a form of judgement, judging wheter something is going to hurt you or not. By why do we judge most of the time. I think it's because of personal insecurities. People need to beat others down to make themselves feel better.

Does it really feel that good to beat someone down? I guess it does for a minute but what does it do in the long run? I know some jack asses will say, it doesnt bother me at all when I judge people but I think most decent people actually do feel it in thier heart when they are judgemental. If you are a Christian, you most definately feel it because Jesus directly told you not to judge. It wasnt a parable, it was a rule in clear plain language. I think you could translate that 1000 times and it would still be the exact same message.

I have felt the judgemental heat from time to time. I have seen very hyper-sensitive judgemental people in all facets of life. Why? Because they are perfect? Because they have all the answers? Nope. It's because they are the most insecure people, the people with the lowest self esteem, the people who feel or have felt the most powerless and need to be prayed for. Maybe they learned to judge and evalute others by a tough standard having been judged by the same standard in thier lives.

All human beings are the same at basic levels. Ive been to Central America, South America, Europe, the Middle East, the Carribean and Central Asia so I think I have a pretty good idea of what humans are like in other places. In most of the places Ive been the people are so poor and so destitute that they dont have time to worry about what someone is wearing or how offended they got at something someone said. They are worried about thier next meal and will thier children be in danger. Westerners are the only people with the time to worry about nit-noid crap like what kind of shoes someone is wearing. In some places they dont even have shoes let alone worried about a brand name. Do our looks define us? Does our money? Does our car? Does our talent? Does our ability to meet anothers personality standard?

All I know is this. God is real, Jesus was right and you are definately being measured by what you measure others so take Jesus's advice and stay focused on God not your own hypersensitivities and social needs.