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Archive for September 27, 2008

That “Judging” thing ~

It seems necessary to at sometime or other discuss what Y’shua actually meant and why it is so important, in the path he taught, to refrain from “judging” others. Now, this is, on one hand, painfully simple, i.e. don’t make any judgments regarding the worthiness of another human being. On the other hand, there are so many things that require some sort of judgment, even who you will spend time with, that it is impossible to refrain from judging even for 24 hours.

So what, exactly, is the “judging” that Y’shua was referring to, and what does it mean for us, as followers of his path? For me it means never judge another human being as being “greater” than you before G-d, and never judge another human being as “lesser” than you before G-d. And then, of course, comes the childlike question of “Why?”

I will try to be clear about my own understanding of this prickly subject. When you judge another person as being “greater” or more “worthy” of God’s love than you, you give away a part of your own identity before God, something Y’shua felt so strongly important that you retain, that he repeatedly called his students “sons and daughters” of g-d, so that they would grow in self-esteem, and not let others take their identity from them.

Conversely, when you judge another as unworthy of G-d’s love, in that you think of them as less worthy of God’s love than you or someone else, you take away from them a part of their identity before G-d in your own mind, {you do not actually affect them before God, remember, you only affect your own standing} but in so doing, you are telling G-d and all around you that you are “higher” in G-d’s esteem than that soul, which is something you really do not know without seeing their whole life, and what made them the way they are. That is the reason that we are cautioned that this is G-d’s purview, not our own.

But what do we do about those whom Y’shua said were putting forth bad fruit and would be cut off from life? Nothing. It is not ours to judge them. However, it is ours to judge where we go, what we do, where and with whom we spend our time. In other words. You as a person cannot say that that person is unworthy of Hashem’s mercy, i.e. love, but you can know that you have no business spending time with them, not because of worthiness, but because you may not have the strength to act differently when you are around them.

And, painfully, that is where the distinction lies altogether. If you are not strong enough as an individual on the Path of Y’shua to act according to his teachings and will fall into the behavior of those with whom you spend your time, then you shouldn’t be with people who are not also on that path.

But that has nothing to do with whether they will ultimately be led to walk the right path, that has to do with the fact that the strength of your convictions is not deep enough to keep you going in the right direction if you are not among people going in the same direction. So, the best thing to do is to quit pointing fingers at others, as you remember that each time you do, you are pointing three fingers back at yourself.

The point, then, becomes the difference between what you can judge and what you must leave in the hands of Hashem. You cannot even judge your own worthiness before G-d, it isn’t yours to do. You can, however, judge what you do each day, where you go, and how you act, and in this manner make conscious choices, hour by hour as to whether you will walk in compassion or walk in judgment. The choice isn’t our neighbor’s, the choice is ours.

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