Passing Judgement

January 31, 2010

Passing judgement on others is a poor substitute for your own righteousness. You cannot become any more righteous by pointing out the flaws of others. In fact, it is more likely that it will make you less rightoues. There is of course a time and place for discipline. But God disciplines those He loves. Our failed attempts to ‘discipline’ others is caused by the fact that we don’t truly love them.

At the other end of the spectrum, being tolerant of others is also a poor subsitute for loving your neighbor as yourself. You do not merely ‘tolerate’ yourself – you look out for your best interest. When you are hurting you try to cheer yourself up. When you are hungry you look for food. When you are cold, you look for shelter. You do not merely ‘tolerate’ these conditions upon yourself. To merely tolerate others is to take couple of steps back in the Tao (and I use this in the same way Lewis uses it in The Abolition of Man) from the Golden rule.

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