Sunday, 4 September 2005

Judge not (isn't that in the Bible somewhere?)

It never ceases to amaze me how people who are supposedly upstanding citizens spend so much time judging others that they fail to see their own shortcomings. It is the ones who are, in their own minds, such warm and fuzzy human beings, that are the most judgmental (and nasty) of all. They tell me to pray for forgiveness for my sins like THEY have no sins to pray about.

I am a good person. I know that in my heart of hearts. I am not perfect, but then again, no one is.

If you are one of those people who have lectured, scorned or judged me based on your definition of “sin”, then I ask you to read this poem that I just found. Perhaps there is more to every story…perhaps you DON’T know everything about someone…perhaps there are reasons behind what you consider to be sins…stop judging me and look in the mirror…you are not perfect either. The difference is that your God tells you that as long as you pray for forgiveness, you are forgiven. My God tells me to fix it…praying won’t get you to Heaven…being a good person will. So keep your lectures, opinons and holier-than-thou attitude to yourself…I like who I am. If you don’t, then it’s YOUR loss, not mine. I will no longer be hurt and deflated by your lack of confidence or jealousy. I am proud of who I am and you will NOT change that.

Don’t Judge
Pray don’t find fault with the man who limps or stumbles along the road unless you have worn the shoes he wears, or struggled beneath his load. There may be tacks in his shoes that hurt, though hidden away from view, Or the burden he bears…placed on your back, might cause you to stumble too.

Don’t sneer at the man who’s down today, unless you have felt the blow that caused his fall or felt the shame that only the fallen know. You may be strong, but still the blows that were his…if dealt to you, in the selfsame way at the selfsame time might cause you to stagger too.

Don’t be too harsh with the man who sins or pelt him with word or stone unless you are sure…yea doubly sure that you have no sins of your own…For you know…perhaps if the tempters voice should whisper…as softly to you as it did to him…when he went astray could cause you to falter too.

- Author Unknown

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