Thinking this morning about how we as a society are quick to judge others. Looking at their outer appearances more than their inner heart. People are so quick to judge others not by their inner “fruits”, but how they look on the outside. Looking at a person who is dressed shabbily or who drinks a little too much. A person who acts rough around the edges in public….. These people are deemed unworthy, sinful, etc…. People only look on the outside and see the the black carbon on the outside, not the diamond on the inside. While, on the other hand those who are dressed perfectly and act perfectly in public are seen as being the good-ones. It doesn’t matter that those same people may very well be the ones who will turn away from you during your greatest time of need, the ones who may even strike against you and turn against you. In addition it seems that if you do dress as a G-dly person people expect perfection from you. Mistakes, oversights, “freudian slips”, etc just aren’t acceptable. “If your gonna dress perfect, you must act perfect at all times – no exceptions.
We are also quick to judge others cause they don’t believe the same way we do. The mentality seems to be that “If you don’t believe my way, then you are wrong and don’t know what your talking about”. The “I’m the only one who is right” idea. Some day G-d is going to come down to earth and tell everyone (all these people who are thinking their way is the right way and is the only right way) how wrong and off the mark they really were. But anywhooo…..
There are so many ways in which we judge. Looking at the rough outer appearances and actions of a person and not seeing the diamond of the persons inner heart. Deciding that a person with a disfigurement or an impediment must be retarded or stupid when in fact that person might actually be a genius. Judging a person who might learn differently as being wrong and not worth our time.
Why do people have to judge so bitterly, so harshly. I know the obvious answer…. Because we are humans and G-d gave us free will – and their will always be mean people out their. Still it is sad that people are like that — many the same people who claim to be people of G-d, claim to be believers, to have a faith of some sort, etc.