Judging Others

Matthew 7:1-3 states,  “Judge not, that ye be not judged.  For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again.  And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother’s eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye?” (KJV)  Yet, it seems to me not many people really take this Scripture to heart.

I’ve been noticing this on facebook lately, regarding two popular issues in particular.  As many of you know, Cecil the lion was killed in a protected area illegally by a trophy hunter.  Also, Planned Parenthood has been accused of selling parts of the babies they aborted for profit.  (sorry- I haven’t read much about either so I can’t provide better details).  Granted, both are terrible issues.  Neither situation should have happened.  Naturally, people are very passionate about both issues.  People also are very judgmental about people’s feelings on these issues.

I’ve seen many posts from folks upset about Planned Parenthood criticizing those upset about Cecil the lion.  “It’s just a lion!”  “Who cares?  It’s just a man eating beast!”  “Children being slaughtered & their parts sold is more important!”

This has been bothering me because it happens every day with all kinds of issues, not only these two.  They are simply a recent example I’m using.  People aren’t tolerant of the simple fact that people have different passions.  It’s how God made us.  Someone like me with a lot of pets is naturally be more upset over trophy hunting an innocent, majestic lion than the horrible practices of Planned Parenthood, whereas a mother with seven children naturally will be more upset over Planned Parenthood’s actions than the lion’s death.  This does NOT mean one of us is wrong!  It simply means we are different people with different priorities & passions.

Not everyone is going to feel the same way, & that is fine!  People need to accept that about you just as you need to accept that about them.  You don’t have to agree with someone 100% to be in a relationship with them.  I have friends who are very interested in politics while I couldn’t care less about it.  We may discuss politics slightly but that’s all, & we’re fine with that because we have other common interests.  I have other friends who like animals but aren’t as obsessed with them as I am.  The same thing happens- we may discuss animals slightly but that is fine because we too have other common interests.  My political friends aren’t offended that I don’t share their passion & I’m not offended other friends don’t share my animal passion.  We accept each other’s differences without judgment.

I’d like to encourage you, Dear Reader, to do the same.  Accept the fact no one shares your same passions.  Even if you do, chances are you’ll both handle it a bit differently anyway.  Instead of judging, just accept the fact that God made you both differently.  If your friend feels strongly about an issue, maybe try to learn some about it.  You may discover a new interest or at least learn a little.

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6 responses to “Judging Others

  1. This is true.I’ve seen ppl complaining about the amount of time the news has spent on each subject,and complaining Cecil got more time! Perhaps baby parts are just more difficult to hear about?
    I’m not really hip on putting down PP anyway.I know the % of abortions they do is small in comparison to the the women’s services they provide,things that help save women’s lives,like breast cancer services.If they’re focused only on one thing,of course it’s going to seem out of balance.
    Btw,I went to PP when I was younger,and they don’t even do abortions at the one here.The Dr really took her time with me,and it was the best patient teaching I’ve have ever had.I’ve never once gotten that much attention from a private Dr.I really hate it when ppl put down things they know nothing about.JMO

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    • I’ve seen that too- Cecil got more time than PP & he’s just an animal!! @@

      Wow.. that’s really cool the doctor you saw was so good! Sounds like a lot of doctors could learn a thing or 2 from her! 🙂

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  2. My mom ran the whole abortion subject in the ground,so I just really have a heard time even trying to hear about it anymore,esp. when it doesn’t even apply to me personally.I’m an animal person,God instilled that into me.That’s my passion and what I care about.Not saying I don’t care about other subjects,that’s just me.
    Selling the products of conception is nothing new,btw.(That’s what we were taught in nursing school to refer to them as;it includes the cord and all).Hospitals used to sell the placentas to cosmetic co’s until AIDS came along.Now they have to incinerate them.(I’m not clear on why this isn’t done everywhere).I think if the mother wants it to use to make pills out of,they can keep them now.(I j know,yuk).I know this is different form baby parts,but again,it’s just nothing new

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    • Yea, I can understand that. Some people beat a dead horse until there’s nothing left to beat, then beat it some more… lol

      That’s exactly how I feel about animals too. He made us that way for a reason. Maybe because more people care about people than animals, I don’t know. I just am sickened though with how many “Christian” facebook pages don’t care about animals & don’t care about Cecil.

      I’m not surprised it’s nothing new. Didn’t think it would be. It’s horrific & wrong, but humanity’s been pretty jacked up since day one- is it really surprising??

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