The words of Matthew 7:1 are not so much a command as they are a warning. A warning that seems to be relevant to the debacle of last week’s U.S. election. Jesus warned people and nations, “Do not judge, or you too will be judged.”
For years the United States has stood in judgement of countries around the world regarding how their elections were conducted. And now the President of the U.S. is stating that he doesn’t feel their election was conducted fairly.
Colombian newspaper Publimetro summed it up when they asked this question on their front page, “Who’s the banana republic now?”
I don’t want to comment on the outcome of the election, as a friend of mine is fond of saying, “Not my monkey, not my circus.” But we can certainly learn a lesson here about the danger of passing judgement on others. That’s not saying we should never judge, just that it opens us up to judgement.
For two hundred years the democratic process of the U.S. had been held up to the rest of the world as a perfect democracy. Now it is simply seen as a bad example.
Jesus didn’t tell us not to judge, but he did warn us about being careful of how we judge.
Have a great week and remember: To see what is really possible, you will have to attempt the impossible.