Thursday, July 23, 2009

Judge Not?

Scripture tells us to judge not least we be judged (Matt.7:1). I have often felt that this passage was either poorly translated or very misunderstood. What I have come to learn is that as rational, intelligent human beings we are called to make sound judgements on any number of things in the course of daily life. What we are not to do is condemn; there is a difference. Hopefully when we are attempting to make sound judgements we are doing so according to objective truth. When we condemn another or their actions, we are accusing and tearing them down. That is a no-no.
Now I could go on because as I said this whole "let's not be judgemental" thing has bothered me for quite some time. It is just one more catch phrase in the book of Political Correctness or as I like to call it "Political Convenience".
What I am going to do is send you over to Abbot Joseph at Word Incarnate. There you can read his very intelligent post On Truth and Judging~Pt. 1. He does a far better job of explaining this calmly and rationally; me, I would probably end up on one of my soapboxes.
This topic has so much relevance for the time in which we now live. Our culture wants no part of objective truth; absolute right and wrong. We live in a "if it feels right to you then think it, say it, do it!" And well you can see where that has gotten us...
So click the link and read Abbot Joseph's excellent post and stay tuned for Part 2. I will put it in my Worth The Time box on my sidebar when he posts it.

9 comments:

HeartfeltHeartLook said...

Thanks Kariann. Thought provoking!

HeartfeltHeartLook said...

Ha I meant Karinann, I guess you can be Kariann for short. LOL

SAHMinIL said...

I've been following your blog via google reader, so it's been a while since I've actually been here on your blog. First let me say that I like your background and stuff. It looks nice.

Now for the reason I stopped by, I wanted to tell you that I couldn't agree more!

HeartfeltHeartLook said...

It's me again. I know you're going to get tired of my comments. I was thinking, after reading Abbot Joseph's post, the masking of truth or justification of lies eventually becomes the norm. It's scary when you think about it. Birth control is a perfect example. I'm not throwing stones, I used it, made me sick. But anyway, now I know some couples in some Christian traditions receive birth control advice when they get marriage counseling. There are plenty of Catholics that use it also. People don't give it one thought, and if you mention it is wrong, you often receive angry words. Good read. Okay I'll leave you alone. LOL

Deanna said...

Hello, I will click over to the sight when I can Friday. Like what you have written so far.

I have given this scripture a great deal of time and prayer. If we don't have a godly opinion about things, we will make poor choices and believe lies and that will be our judgment.

Talk to you soon,
~D~

HeartfeltHeartLook said...

Me again! LOL
Thanks for the visit. The Eucharistic Pic is from an old card. I had to take it, clean it up and use embossing. But I was pleased with the outcome. We are so very blessed to have the Eucharist! Hugs and love to you.

~ Judy ~ said...

Thanks Karinann...I try to clarify this teaching for my kids by saying "Judge the ACT, NOT the person"...Since fortitude is a gift of the Holy Spirit...it is obvious then that God WANTS us to judge situations...fortitude being the power and will to discern right from wrong and do the right.
I can't thank you enough for introducing me to Abbot Joseph. Since he is Byzantine, I wrote to him to ask a question that has perplexed and troubled me for years...he sent me a personal email with the most eloquent, kind, and CLEAR answer that I've even been given on the topic...so THANK YOU for I would never have found him without you:)

JPieters said...

Thanks for pointing us to the Abbot's post. I would add that denying absolute truth leads not just to a harmless relativism -- each doing his own thing -- but as our Pope has said, to a dictatorship of relativism. In a sense, it is the relativist who becomes the judgmental one Christ counsels against.

It is impossible to be a true relativist -- if one were, he would have to remain silent and irrelevant the rest of his life. The moment an authentic relativist would speak, he would have to retract his statement, since he can't know anything for certain.

Instead, divorced from truth, the relativist (who despises being silent OR irrelevant) gains influence and relevance through other means -- fast talking, keen intelligence, money, political strength, ideology -- and uses it to dominate the quiet, the ignorant, the poor, the weak, and the vulnerable -- the definition of a dictator.

A dictator acts as though he is judge, jury, and verdict -- and thereby becomes everyone else's.

Elena said...

This has been one of the issues I struggled with a few years ago. Of course we have to make judgment calls, and that verse gets taken out of context all of the time. Thanks for posting this!

Closing Prayer

Psalm 45: Canticle of Love to the King

My heart overflows with a good theme;
I address my verses to the King;
My tongue is the pen of a ready writer.
You are fairer than the sons of men;
Grace is poured upon Your lips;
Therefore God has blessed You forever.

Gird Your sword on Your thigh, O Mighty One,
In Your splendor and Your majesty!
And in Your majesty ride on victoriously,
For the cause of truth and meekness and righteousness;
Let Your right hand teach You awesome things.
Your arrows are sharp;
The peoples fall under You;
Your arrows are in the heart of the King’s enemies.

Your throne, O God, is forever and ever;
A scepter of uprightness is the scepter of Your kingdom.
You have loved righteousness and hated wickedness;
Therefore God, Your God, has anointed You
With the oil of joy above Your fellows.
All Your garments are fragrant with myrrh and aloes and cassia;
Out of ivory palaces stringed instruments have made You glad.
Kings’ daughters are among Your noble ladies;
At Your right hand stands the queen in gold from Ophir.