Judge not?

It is common knowledge that the Catholic Church and other Christian churches teach us to live a life of forgiveness, love, and respect for the dignity of others. It is part of the foundation of Christian beliefs.

Here are some biblical references to this point:

Stop judging, that you may not be judged.For as you judge, so will you be judged, and the measure with which you measure will be measured out to you. Why do you notice the splinter in your brother’s eye, but do not perceive the wooden beam in your own eye? How can you say to your brother, “Let me remove that splinter from your eye,” while the wooden beam is in your eye?” You hypocrite, remove the wooden beam from your eye first; then you will see clearly to remove the splinter from your brother’s eye.

–Matthew 7:1-5

I give you a new commandment: love one another. As I have loved you, so you also should love one another This s how all will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.

–John 13::34-35

You shall love your neighbor as yourself.

–Mark 12:31

All bitterness, fury, anger, shouting, and reviling must be removed from you, along with all malice [and] be kind to one another, compassionate, forgiving one another as God has forgiven you in Christ.

–Ephesians 4:31-32

Rather, “if your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink; for by so doing you will heap burning coals upon his head.” Do not be conquered by evil but conquer evil with good.

–Romans 12:20

Considering these simple and basic teachings in sacred scripture, I find myself unable to understand how priests, religious, and laypeople can propagate such hate for leaders of our country. I don’t cannot comprehend how one can justify judging a man or woman’s every move. Is it not the antitheses of we are called to do and teach?

I pray I will never understand the need to judge and criticize when I, too, am imperfect.

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