Judge Not – Idioms And Proverbs

Judge not, so that you will not be judged.

That is a saying that is at the tip of lots of tongues. As a matter of fact, people who know less than ten Bible verses almost always know this. Contradictory, it is actually human nature to judge.

The same man who asks you not to judge him for stealing the company’s money would condemn you for sleeping with your neighbors daughter, while your female friend sees nothing wrong with gossiping but everything wrong with abortion.

The same people who love this saying are quick to point out that “he who is without sin should cast the first stone” when telling you stories of their “condemn-able” adventures.

You disrespect an elder in my presence and expect commendation? You cheat on your wife and want an applause? You are raising your children wrongly and expect the whole world to turn a blind eye?

No man is an island is the same reason I won’t wait until the consequences of your action doubles on me as the consequence for my inaction. If the only reason we can’t be friends is my “judgmental attitude” towards your “judgment worthy” activities, then I am glad to lose a friend.

Yes, the world is changing rapidly and grace abounds for us, but that doesn’t negate the moral law. In the spirit of “judge not”, schools should be giving out first class to every student and not grading our works, FIFA should cancel the Footballer of The Year award, cos that is judging every other player that they are not “that good”. We should also do away with the Grammys, Oscars and Headies.

The same criteria we use to judge the best in any field is what determines the worst in that field. So when we applaud a man for being a good dad, we will withdraw our applause if he is a bad employee on work-related issues.

We will commend a woman for being a great cook but condemn her for cheating on her spouse. Just as we will commend a child for being brilliant but condemn him for stealing or lying.

Condemnation isn’t always because of hatred, sometimes it is because your critique knows of your ability and expects more. Not everyone who “judges” you is a “hater“. Sometimes you need to listen to their “judgment” to make yourself a better person.

Judge not, but don’t be a partaker in activities worthy of judgment.

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