FROM THE PULPIT: Do not judge, but do discern

Published: Monday, June 16, 2014 at 05:00 AM.

Whenever I approach the subject of judging others I hesitate because it feels like I am passing judgment — which I am not supposed to do. Right? A quandary, perhaps?

If I say there are a lot of people who do nothing but complain, have I not already passed judgment?

If someone says the manner in which another congregation worships is wrong, has not judgment already been passed?

If a politician is criticized for saying or doing something with which a particular group of persons disagrees, has not judgment already been passed?

Who are we to pass judgment on anyone?

None of us has the right to be judgmental toward another person. As Jesus pointed out, we — each and every one of us — have our own faults. And unless or until we recognize those faults, seek forgiveness for them, and do away with them, we will not have the right to be judgmental.

However, we may be discerning.

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