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Judge Not


Matthew 7:1-6

“Judge not, that you be not judged. For with the judgment you pronounce you will be judged, and with the measure you use it will be measured to you. Why do you see the speck that is in your brother's eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye? Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when there is the log in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother's eye. ...


This passage from Matthew stood out to me this week. I happened to attend a local Bible study group. I am always looking for more ways to learn about the Bible. I do enjoy going to this Life Group every other Sunday.  This particular week we were talking about bringing sinners back into the fold and how important it was to Jesus to bring one lost sheep back home. Our group leader started us off with an icebreaker question about something we had lost that was valuable to us and then we had to pair up with someone us. Of course, the first thing that immediately came to mind was the loss of my mom. That happened last year and is still is still so raw in my mind. Mom’s death is something that I am not likely to forget anytime soon. The woman I paired with mentioned a ring her husband gave her. When she mentioned that, I explained that in the past few years that I had lessened my possessions and that people meant more to me than things did. I looked into her eyes and realized that everything that I said went right over her head. She truly did not understand the intent of the message for the evening. I was somewhat aghast and slightly upset. I could not understand why she did not get the message.


Anyone that knows me well knows that I was raised in the Catholic Church. While I am not a practicing Catholic, I do believe in many of the principles of the church. Later that evening one of the men in the group mentioned the Catholic Church and began putting down the church. This has happened before in this particular Life Group, and I have told the leaders that it bothers me. I would never go into the Life Group and put down their church. I am there to learn about the Bible and enjoy fellowship with the members of the group. We had just been discussing the kind of Christian that we were. Were we kind or were we judgmental? It really makes me wonder whether they were being judgmental toward the Catholic Church. On the other hand, was I being judgmental toward them? Something to pray about…
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