Judging Others

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Speak up and judge fairly;
defend the rights of the poor and needy.

Proverbs 31:9

You can safely assume that you’ve created God in your own image 
when it turns out that God hates the same people you do.

*Author Unknown?

*Regarding the citation: Anne Lamott (not "Lamont") in her book on writing, Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life, attributes this quote to "my priest friend Tom." Other sources say it came from Fr. John Weston. The original attribution is not completely clear.

Judging Others

“Do not judge, or you too will be judged. 2 For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.

3 “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? 4 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? 5 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.

Matthew 7:1-5

"Do not judge, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn, and you will not be condemned.  Forgive, and you will be forgiven.  - Luke 6:37

"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?  - Luke 6:41

When they kept on questioning him, he straightened up and said to them, "Let any one of you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her." - John 8:7

You, therefore, have no excuse, you who pass judgment on someone else, for at whatever point you judge another, you are condemning yourself, because you who pass judgment do the same things. - Romans 2:1

Brothers and sisters, do not slander one another. Anyone who speaks against a brother or sister or judges them speaks against the law and judges it. When you judge the law, you are not keeping it, but sitting in judgment on it. - James 4:11

Speak up and judge fairly;
defend the rights of the poor and needy.

Proverbs 31:9

Matthew Henry's Commentary: Matthew 7:1

Judge not, that ye be not judged.

7:1-6 We must judge ourselves, and judge of our own acts, but not make our word a law to everybody. We must not judge rashly, nor pass judgment upon our brother without any ground. We must not make the worst of people. Here is a just reproof to those who quarrel with their brethren for small faults, while they allow themselves in greater ones. Some sins are as motes, while others are as beams; some as a gnat, others as a camel. Not that there is any sin little; if it be a mote, or splinter, it is in the eye; if a gnat, it is in the throat; both are painful and dangerous, and we cannot be easy or well till they are got out. That which charity teaches us to call but a splinter in our brother's eye, true repentance and godly sorrow will teach us to call a beam in our own. It is as strange that a man can be in a sinful, miserable condition, and not be aware of it, as that a man should have a beam in his eye, and not consider it; but the god of this world blinds their minds. Here is a good rule for reprovers; first reform thyself.

Warning to Rich Oppressors

Now listen, you rich people, weep and wail because of the misery that is coming on you. 2 Your wealth has rotted, and moths have eaten your clothes. Your gold and silver are corroded. Their corrosion will testify against you and eat your flesh like fire. You have hoarded wealth in the last days. 

Look! The wages you failed to pay the workers who mowed your fields are crying out against you. The cries of the harvesters have reached the ears of the Lord Almighty. 

You have lived on earth in luxury and self-indulgence. You have fattened yourselves in the day of slaughter. You have condemned and murdered the innocent one, who was not opposing you.                - James 5:1-6

“Do not judge, or you too will be judged. 2 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

The Twilight Zone’s 4 O’ Clock episode 94 is NOT a Bible Story, but it is a good illustration of the Self-Righteous, Intolerant, Racism that is prevalent in today’s polarized, divisive politics. It is also reminiscent of the Joseph McCarthy era (McCarthyism is the practice of making accusations of subversion or treason without proper regard for evidence.)

The Twilight Zone

4 O'Clock (Full Episode) FREE on HULU

Rod Serling's Closing Narration:  At four o'clock, an evil man made his bed and lay in it, a pot called a kettle black, a stone-thrower broke the windows of his glass house. You look for this one under 'F' for fanatic and 'J' for justice in the Twilight Zone.


Oliver Crangle is a fanatic (with a slight German accent) who lives in an apartment with his parrot, Peter. On his wall hangs the framed motto: "An eye for an eye; a tooth for a tooth." He maintains records of people he believes to be "evil" and/or harmful to society. He makes phone calls to people and/or their employers at all hours and writes letters as well regarding their actions, harasses and demands their immediate firing, and threatens to involve higher authorities if they don't comply. Unsatisfied with the results of his anonymous calls and letters, he searches for a more effective way to eliminate evil from the world. He settles on the idea of shrinking the evil people to two feet tall. He cackles at the idea of that plan. Throughout this, in clever irony, Crangle's parrot Peter periodically calls out, "Nut," asking for a nut to eat, which Crangle gives him.

Crangle calls a number of government agencies, and Agent Hall is sent to investigate. Crangle tells him that he has finally devised a plan to shrink every "evil" person down to two feet tall at 4:00 that afternoon through sheer force of will. As Crangle cackles describing his plan, the parrot calls out "Nut." Hall gives the parrot an old-fashioned look, then asks Crangle if he's ever had any psychiatric help, and tells Crangle that they don't need his kind of help because they have the law. Crangle accuses him of being in on the plot. As Hall leaves, Crangle screams at him that he will be two feet tall in just a few minutes. Before departing, Crangle warns that Hall will be two feet tall but is ignored.

When 4:00 rolls around, Crangle is horrified to find that he himself has been shrunk to two feet tall. He now looks up at Peter on his perch, and one last time Peter calls out the word "nut" as Crangle breaks down.

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