Do not judge, and you will not be judged; do not condemn, and you will not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven.
So many experts
It is said that 90% of an iceberg is underwater, hidden from our eyes. I wouldn’t be surprised to learn it was true of people, too. My daughter, Anna, was killed in Illinois and it took some time for the autopsy be performed and for the body to be embalmed so it could be shipped back to us in Michigan. On the day that my daughter, Megan, and I drove down to the funeral home to see the body, we were driving in a devastated silence. There was a red light at the corner of Wayne Road and Warren. As we stopped, and then resumed our drive, Megan and I had the same thought. No one in all the cars around us had any idea what a terrible journey we were traveling.
We are often quick to anger at other drivers. Perhaps they don’t start soon enough when the light changes. Perhaps they aren’t driving as quickly as we wish. We are quick to judge. But the truth is, we have no idea what is going on in the life of that other driver.
We are quick to judge all manner of people, even those we might know well. We presume to know what they should think or do. We pontificate about what’s wrong with their work or marriage. We judge their appearance. We judge their politics. We sure have a lot of experts in Sharia Law, these days. Our opinions about gays and Christians and Muslims and immigrants and police and congressmen and presidents are both exceedingly confident and ignorant. On talk radio and television we have created an industry of people quick to judge and condemn: a perfect melding of capitalism and gossip.
But here is Jesus, uninterested in the latest gossip, interested only in the journey of the human heart towards its true home in God – and teaching us to live grace, compassion and care of our neighbor.