Before Passing Judgment You Better Look At Yourself

You, therefore, have no excuse, you who pass judgment on someone else, for at whatever point you judge another, you are condemning yourself, because you who pass judgment do the same things.
— Romans 2:1

When I have an opportunity I will read various news articles involving commentary for current events, politics and humor. Politics and humor can be combined because politicians, both Democrat and Republican, can say idiotic comical statements that leave you scratching your head and you’re thinking, “Huh???”  The other day a stumbled across an article that caught my interest titled,  ‘Rude people leaving tips’ and one part of the article got my attention.

A part of the article describes a story from a restaurant waitress collecting the bill after a couple finished their meal and paid. The waitress described the restaurant patrons as a nice looking couple in their 50’s. One would expect to see a tip in a financial amount for services rendered, especially if someone provides and exceptional service. But to the waitress surprise instead of tipping money for services rendered this couple left a hand written note on the receipt for a so called “tip” by offering advice to this young waitress.

This "thoughtful” couple suggested this young woman should be at home, cleaning, waiting on her husband and raising her children instead of working. This couple used the Bible as their reasoning and explanation to pass judgment upon this young woman. They paraphrased the Bible stating that God says a woman should be in the home and not working according to their interpretation of what the Bible says. If you noticed the words, ‘their interpretation’ is used and this is an example how men distorts what God has to say.

 

This young woman was in shock because this outwardly self-righteous couple had no idea who she was and passed judgement on her. This couple made this young woman feel horrible. Just think for a moment, maybe this woman was curious about going to church and seeking God. But now she’s thinking, why should I go if someone who claims they are Christian is judging me? Maybe this outwardly “religious” couple should've talked to this woman and discover she is not married. She does not have any children. She only has a boyfriend.

This outwardly “religious” couple appear to be like the Pharisees. God like in appearance but not the same in their hearts. Christ even described these people as snakes when he said in Matthew 12:34-37, “You brood of vipers, how can you who are evil say anything good? For the mouth speaks what the heart is full of. A good man brings good things out of the good stored up in him, and an evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in him. But I tell you that everyone will have to give account on the Day of Judgment for every empty word they have spoken. For by your words you will be acquitted, and by your words you will be condemned.” 

So in other words, think before you speak and look at yourself. Judge yourself how you are being like Christ before condemning someone else. May God bless you today!