Friday, March 04, 2011

Judge Not !

Jesus is very bold and clear in saying not to judge others. (Luke 6:37-42).
How do we lead a life not judging others?
Life is a sequence of judgments.
The moment we judge, we assume the role of God.
Can we be gods?
Or can we follow the instruction of Jesus blindly that, first remove the log from your own eye, and then you will see clearly enough to remove the speck from your neighbour's eye.
If that is the case, then there is trouble.
How do we accept our legitimate authority?
How do we accept the authority of our parents, teachers, elders, friends, church etc ?

The advice of Jesus has many dimensions.
He is asking us to introspect. Analyze oneself properly before passing judgments.
Next, the judgment is not just for the person who is judged, but it is for the judge too.
Every judgment we make is for us too.
When I am at the confessional, at the pulpit; when I am in a position to take a decision on others, I must see that I too am bound by my decisions.
The moment I am presenting a double face, Jesus wars me that I too will be judged.
Finally, when I am judged, as  a true Christian, it is my duty to accept the judgment in a Christian way, as how Christ Himself accepted judgment on Him.
If it is for a legitimate reason, I need not worry about the worthiness of the judgment or judge, but try to correct myself.
And if it is a faulty judgment, we then can rejoice in our heart, because we will definitely be paid for that in heaven.