Thoughts and observations of a Recovering Atheist, Baby Boomer, Left-Handed Red Sox fan. Contact at MerryCatholic@gmail.com
Tuesday, September 12, 2017
Judgmental Hypocrite in the Mirror
Twain once said, “It ain’t those parts of the Bible that I can’t understand
that bother me, it’s is the parts that I DO understand.”
there is a very clear and understandable concept in the Bible that has me
worried. It’s the fact that God is going to judge us using the same standard we
use to judge others.
said, “For as you judge, so will you be judged, and the measure with which you
measure will be measured out to you.”
us know someone who is quick to get angry, and who is always criticizing other
people. No matter what, this person is never satisfied, constantly saying
things like, “Hey, why’d you do it THAT way? It’s wrong! You should know
better. And I told you to be here at 10 o’clock. It’s now five after ten. How
dare you keep me waiting?!”
uses a particular person’s standard of judgment, can you imagine what will
happen when that person dies and stands before the Almighty? God probably will
say something like, “Hey, why’d you live your life THAT way? It was wrong! You
should’ve known better. And I told you to be here last Thursday. It’s now
Tuesday. How dare you keep me waiting?”
suspect that will not be a very comfortable situation.
please be honest. Is there any chance the judgmental person you have in mind is
the same person who looks out at you from the bathroom mirror each morning?
fact that human beings have an amazing capacity for self-deception. We often
have no clue we are holding others to an impossibly high standard, while at the
same time are quick to excuse and justify any mistakes we make. It’s called
being hypocritical. And hypocrisy is one of those traits we intensely dislike
when we see it in others, but we’re oblivious when it occurs in us.
Gospels, Jesus saved His harshest criticism for hypocrites. He actually was very
gentle and loving with blatant sinners, such as drunkards, prostitutes, and New
York Yankee fans. But Jesus pulled no punches with hypocrites, people who acted
righteous in public but were selfish weasels in private—people such as the Scribes,
the Pharisees, and members of Congress. He called them “a brood of vipers.” To
be fair, when Congressmen are compared to a bunch of poisonous snakes, that is
an unwarranted insult—to the snakes.
There I go again: judging politicians by one standard, and judging myself by a
much more lenient standard.
amazing conclusion from the Bible is that God will judge different people by
different standards. Which means God grades on a curve. Which means God is
other hand, I suppose we should be glad God is not fair. Because if He gave us
the perfect justice we deserve, well, we’d all be in big trouble. That’s the
whole point of the cross. God’s overwhelming love for us caused Him to be
totally unfair. He willingly paid the price for our sins, even though we did
nothing to earn that kind of forgiveness.
have to do to remain in God’s mercy is love Him, and love our neighbors as
ourselves. This means judging other people by the same lenient standard we use
to judge ourselves.
imagine if everyone did this. There would be no more angry people in our lives,
constantly criticizing everyone else. The next time you see that angry person,
say, “I forgive you.” You can do that tomorrow. In the morning. In the mirror.