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Judge not, that you be not judged. For with the judgment you pronounce you will be judged, and with the measure you use it will be measured to you. (Mt. 7.1-2)
The word judgment clangs in our modern ears. It sounds so old-fashioned: prudish, puritanical and antiquated. After all, we have often heard, Jesus is all about love and making everyone feel warm and fuzzy about themselves. Okay, I may have exaggerated the last phrase a bit, but a Jesus who both loves and judges is not one readily accepted by many today.
If we misapply Matthew 7.1, we will end up with just that sort of Jesus. We will have a God who is grandfatherly and harmless. One who pats you on the head and gives a wink and always has a piece of hard candy for you when you visit. God will smell of ointments, sitting in a rocking recliner with his teeth in a glass just to his right. Read the rest of this entry »