Our investigation into the sermon on the mount brings us to the discussion of judging others. Here is the next section as broken out by the New Internation Version:
“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.
“Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye? How can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when all the time there is a plank in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.
“Do not give dogs what is sacred; do not throw your pearls to pigs. If you do, they may trample them under their feet, and then turn and tear you to pieces.
Matthew 7:1-6. This passage is yet another portion of the Sermon that is frequently mentioned, particularly by liberal Christians and non-Christians. This weekend we watched the movie Jesus Camp, a movie that explores the world of very judmental Christians, and the methods they employ to, depending on your prespective, teach/indoctrinate/train/brainwash their children.
So, it seems that teaching your children that other churches are dead, and that God only likes churches like yours, and proposing that anyone who disagrees with you about theology or politics is evil, runs afoul of Jesus’ commandment here. But, what about more subtle judgments? Are we really not allowed to even consider whether the behavior of others is good or bad?
What about the last bit? It seems pretty, well, judgmental.