“Judge Not That Ye Be Not Judged”

Yesterday, Holli and I were in a local store when a lady with two children walked by. They were followed by another person… and I say “person,” because I could not tell if that person was a man or woman. I assumed it was a man… I assumed it was her husband… but I honestly couldn’t tell. The person had kind of a shaved hair-cut… lots of tattoos… some things in their lips etc…
Later, I saw these same folks in the shoe department… I admit.. I got as a close as I could get without being noticeable… I wanted to hear this person talk and try to determine if they were a man or woman. I couldn’t tell.
Then, I saw them at the check-out… same thing… I couldn’t tell.
As we checked out and left the store… I had “sized” this person up… although I could never tell the gender of the person. If I were guessing, I would say they were a man but, it could have been a lady and a same-sex marriage. I don’t know… but I know this… I judged.
I judged them based on how they were dressed primarily. They were dressed differently. And that led my mind to speculate on their gender.
This post is not about same-sex marriage… I simply use the story above as an illustration of my judging someone. Christians are not supposed to judge but we do it all the time.
Jesus said, “Why worry about the speck in your friend’s eye when you have a log in your own” (Lk. 6:41). The fact is, we all have logs in our eyes… but we are good at ignoring the log in order to see a tiny speck in someone else’s eye.
On another occasion, Jesus told us, “Judge not that ye be not judged” (Matt. 7:1).
I have enough problems with Gregg Potts that I don’t need to spend time judging someone else. And most, if not all of us are like that. Let’s be careful about judging. Someone may dress or look differently from us… that’s between them and the Lord… Instead of judging them, let’s work on our own walk with the Lord.

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