We all judge, and for some reason we’ve been led to believe we aren’t supposed to.
What does that mean, “to judge”? We hear this all the time, “You shouldn’t judge people” or “I’m not here to judge anyone.” Stop and think, however, and you quickly realize how that admonition or declaration is usually a way for the person saying it to avoid getting to the heart of an issue.
The origins of this phrase come from Matthew 7:1-2:
Do not judge lest you be judged. For in the way you judge, you will be judged; and by your standard of measure, it will be measured to you.
Did you catch the phrase most people leave off? “For in the way you judge, you will be judged; and by your standard of measure, it will be measured to you.” In other words, if you judge someone’s behavior, you will be judged by the same standard.
In practical terms, what is the point of having laws if we are not to judge when someone commits theft, rape, or murder? The Left gets an acute but temporary case of Libertarianism when they squeal about government staying out of the bedroom, but what if we were to witness a child being molested in that lauded bedroom? Is this not something we should condemn? To each his own? Come on, molesting children may not be something we ourselves are interested in, but we can’t tell someone else not to do it, right?
What a load of crap.
Even Republicans “leaders” jump on this finger-wagging bandwagon. GOP Chairman Reince Priebus:
“These are things that [Donald Trump] is going to have to answer for…But I also think there are things from many years ago and I think that, you know, as Christians, judging each other I think is problematic.”
Priebus isn’t alone in his condemnation of Trump opponents. What say you, Ben Carson?
“As a Christian, what I do is not judge everybody”, Carson said in response to a question about whether he was comfortable with the way Trump treats women.
“And that seems to be something that a lot of people have got into. ‘I’m better than you are.’ Give me a break. Let’s just stop for a moment. And I’m talking to conservatives,” Carson continued.
As much as I try to suppress it, the oft-used Internet meme “I can’t even” comes to mind.
As an election cycle issue, do we care that Trump has surrounded himself with pageant queens
throughout his life? No, because that alone isn’t wrong. Any red-blooded American male would do the same if he could. However, do we care that he has not just cheated on all of his previous wives but bragged about it each time? I do. Infidelity matters, not necessarily as a character flaw when a man has an isolated moment of weakness on a business trip, but when the infidelity is habitual, concurrent with other bad behavior, and bereft of any sense of guilt. Context is king.
American society is becoming more secular, and this means it will be increasingly difficult to point to bad behavior and say, “That’s bad. Don’t do that” because we are losing our objective standard. You don’t have to be a Bible-thumper to know that without God as the arbiter of right and wrong, there is no right and wrong. All behavior is justified with opinion.
Ironically, while the Left pushes its “traditional rules are bad” movement, they’re forgetting – or hoping we forget – that there are whole theme parks of new rules at the ready. Silly American, you thought you could just ignore gay weddings and they wouldn’t affect you. No, you are now required by law, fines, and a gun to cater to gay ceremonies. How long before Executive Decree – whatever that is – forces all clergy to perform gay ceremonies? Don’t scoff. My three-year-old dog remembers an ancient time when the transgendered were limited to New York and San Francisco, when our wayward Justice Department didn’t hide behind Title IX to open wide the door of opportunity to a different slice of the population — perverted, opportunistic men — to prey upon our daughters. Bad news, Clashers: It’s already happening.
While we can’t judge what happens to a person’s soul when he dies, for any society to thrive we have to judge behavior. Recognizing that stealing a pack of gum and committing genocide are different degrees of sin, doing so remains the only standard to measure a person.