Will people judge me (and you?) Absolutely. Like it or not, ALL of us judge — each other, what we watch on TV or the Internet, what we hear on the radio, what we read in tweets, Facebook posts or text messages.
We judge (often without realizing it) words, appearances, clothing, hairstyles, actions, possessions — you name it. There pretty much isn’t anything we don’t judge (or assess, if you prefer that term).
There’s something I found in the Bible (believe it or not) that addresses this tendency and provides wise words that can serve anyone well, be they Christian, Buddhist, Jew, Muslim, agnostic, atheist and everyone else who doesn’t fit in these groups.
“Don’t condemn others, and God won’t condemn you. God will be as hard on you as you are on others! He will treat you exactly as you treat them.” (From a section called ‘Matthew’).
Most of us have heard the first part (another Bible translation phrases it like this: judge not, lest you be judged), but the second part is just as important. Since all us judge, the key is HOW do we judge? Is is it with wisdom, maturity and compassion?
As a Christian, I know that’s how I want God to judge me when this life is finished. So I should be asking His help to make me the right kind of judge.
What about the rest of the graphic? Does it really make sense to live your life to impress yourself? What does that really mean?
For some people, it might mean impressing yourself with a big house, vehicles that make your neighbours drool with envy and at least one ridiculously large flat-screen TV.
Other people might look in the mirror and be impressed with what they see if they have a trophy wife (or husband) glued their arm like eye candy.
What about careers and professional achievement? Does the title “chief executive officer”, “chairman of the board” or “PhD” on a business card impress you?
One of the reasons I’m a Christian is because I know that the Creator of time, space and the universe is so NOT impressed by the things that our culture considers impressive.
Another section of the Bible, called ‘Samuel’ points out this life-changing truth: “People judge others by what they look like, but I [God] judge people by what is in their hearts.”
What’s in my heart? Like most other people, I can be petty, jealous, resentful, lazy and self-centred. That’s why I believe in, and follow, Jesus Christ (who serious Christians believe is God’s Son).
By following Jesus, I give Him permission to come into my life and begin a transformation — making me more like Him and less like the world. So I’m slowly becoming LESS petty, jealous, resentful, lazy and self-centred.
And because I follow Jesus, when my life on this earth is done and I go to meet God, He won’t see my faults. He’ll only see His son’s perfection. And I’ll be welcome into Heaven to spend eternity with Jesus.
Does this sound attractive? Yes or no, post your thoughts below and let’s have a conversation.