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The Sin of Judging

by Izzy Kalman (March 2003)

While there is no official religion here in the United States, the vast majority of Americans are Christians. Though Christians worship Jesus, I am amazed how few actually adhere to the words of Jesus. Early in the New Testament Jesus says, “Do not judge, or you too will be judged. For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.” Matthew 7:1-2.

Despite this warning, people rush in to judge the disputes between their children, causing enmity between the kids and between the judging parent and the “guilty” child. And the whole country is on the anti- bully bandwagon. “Bully” is not an objective scientific diagnosis. When you call someone a bully, you have made yourself a judge, declaring him to be the guilty one and the other party to be the innocent one.

It is about time we all started following Jesus’ sage advice against judging. Our society would be much better off.

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