You ever notice how apt our society is at judging? Our social class structure is made up of what we drive, what we wear, and who we associate it. Our outward appearance is to be made most important. It doesn’t matter if you’re a mess on the inside, if you’re beautiful you hold all of the cards.
While society has a love affair with appearances how are we doing as Christians? What makes you lash out and judge others? Is it that person talking on the cell phone that just cut you off? The person on the street asking for money? Regardless of who it is we all have had moments where we judged people.
On the flip side let’s look at those who have been judged, the single mother, the abused child, the alcoholic, the homosexual, the gambler, the adulterer. Society has a way to label people as well. They’re addicts, or convicts, or prostitutes. They are below society and should be swept under the rug and forgotten about.
Remember how Jesus dealt with the woman who was accused of adultery? He spoke to those eager to stone her. “Those who are without sin can cast the first stone.” What happens? Huffing, puffing, a loud sigh, maybe an eye roll and then thud. Followed by more thuds. Jesus turns to woman and tells her,” Where are your accusers? If they didn’t convict you neither will I. Go and sin no more.”
Jesus forgives the “bottom rung” of society. He teaches us an important lesson in the process. We’re all in the same boat. Yeah not everyone murders, not everyone molests, or steals, but we’re all guilty of something. We all have the same hill to climb.
Judging others is a disease that can consume you. Whether you’re the one dishing it out or the one taking it, the toll can consume that person. I know it’s hard to identify with others, but consider this. They weren’t always in that place. They were born a son or a daughter, and most of all a child of God. If God took the time to create them, maybe we should take the time to love them, regardless of how we’re “suppose” to think. If God sees all of us as His children shouldn’t we view each other in the same light?