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.