Judging others

The last few days have seen two men charged with crimes against children in our community.  There are those who have been spewing hatred towards these men, many of whom do not personally know them.  I would like to take a moment and say a few things.

First of all, while crimes against children really anger me, I prefer to know the facts.  We only know what the media is telling us.  They are not given all the facts, as the DA does not want the jury pool to be contaminated.  I do not know the facts in this case.

Secondly, I have not spoken with either man, but I would like to share a few things from scripture.  Now, before I do, if you don’t want to hear it or have anything negative to say about scripture being used in this post, please feel free to move on, but do not be disrespectful of me or my beliefs.  I am not writing this post to stir up a debate, just adding my thoughts on my wall for my friends.

In Matthew 7:1-2 it says “Judge not, or you too will be judged.  For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.”  (NIV)  In John 8:1-11, the Pharisees brought a woman who was caught in adultery before Jesus.  In verse 7 it says “…Let any of you who are without sin be the first to throw a stone at her.”  (NIV)  For a little background if you do not know, in those days if a woman was caught in adultery she would be stoned publically.

How I see these passages is if I am judging someone based on what a news report says about them or what another person says about them, then, I will be judged the same way.  Christ taught that we should not judge others.  That is not our place.  I know I have things in my past that I am not proud of, and I cannot judge another because I am not without guilt myself in many things.  He taught that we should love others as ourselves (Mark 12:31).  I have been taught to love the person, but not the sin.  Society does not show love for those who have done wrong.  All they see is what the person has done and nothing else.  I say we also look at the person.  Now, I am not naive enough to think that every person is a good person.  There are those that are truly evil and there is a place for them, but that is not my job to judge them.  I do believe, however, that some people have no choice in committing certain crimes, but that is not to say that they are a bad person.  I am talking about those who steal food or items needed so that they can survive.  Circumstances in their lives, some way beyond their control, have placed them in the situation.

Society today has gone so far from where we were 30-40 years ago.  Today we have people who tell us if we do not agree with someone else’s opinion, then it is okay to belittle them and assault them.  If we all believed the same, what a boring world this would be.  Gone are the days when people could sit and discuss the issues without name-calling and threats being made.  Gone are the days when people acted like adults and agreed to disagree and moved on with their lives and being friends still.  Parents have allowed the government to tell them what their children should learn and they have allowed the government to tell them that they cannot discipline their children for being disrespectful and disobedient.  When the Bible was taken out of the schools and disciplines too, that was when the decline of respect began.  I was spanked and had other disciplines growing up and it did not scar me.  It made me a better person.  I knew what was right and wrong and if I crossed the line, I knew what would happen.  Kids today have NO respect for authority today and that goes for some adults as well.

What do these thoughts have to do with the issue at hand you may ask?  Well, everything!  Think about it.  Why did the child leave their parents?  Was there abuse at home?  Who filed the initial charges or made the allegations?  Was it the child or their parents?  I do not know.  Do you?  I have seen so many people wrongly accused of crimes in my life that I am getting hesitant to judge based on news reports or what others are saying.  If these charges are found to be false, how are these two men going to regain their lives back?  Their dignity?  Their respect in the community?  Main Street media does not care about that.  All they care about is ratings, not getting their facts right or complete before publishing it.

Please, before you share things like what has been shared already, think about how this reflects on you.  Yes, I am speaking to the choir here.  I know I have been wrong to share some things, but I too am learning to temper what I share.  Please forgive me for sharing things in the past that are not becoming the Child of God I want am.  Any of us, especially those who work with kids, could have this happen to them.  Only one small misstep, one wrong word at the wrong time, one misinterpreted touch, could ruin anyone, at any time.

God Bless everyone today.

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