Do not judge! - Edwards
"Don't judge me because you too will be judged." Many people use this phrase in an attempt to silence their critics.
As imperfect beings, people often find it quite easy to cast judgement upon others, notwithstanding the fact that they too may be guilty of deeds for which they too will be judged.
Bishop Rowan Edwards of the Lighthouse Assembly quoted Luke 6:37, "Judge not that he shall not be judged, condemn not and he shall not be condemned, forgive and he shall be forgiven" as a point of reference from the Bible, stating that Jesus spoke clearly on the matter of being judgemental.
"Jesus taught in several scriptures throughout the Bible that people should not judge each other because no man is greater than another and only God has the authority to judge, and so if one is quick to judge, they have to be prepared to be judged also."
He explained to Family and Religion that the Church sometimes mirrors what happens in the wider society, therefore, persons should be very cautious of people in the Church who are willing to judge. "To the merciful, I will show mercy," he said quoting a scripture. "If you are not a merciful person, you will express judgement, so you have to be very careful of persons in the Church who are quick to condemn. Persons in the Church have the beam in their eye, but they are quick to pick the beam out of somebody else's. People in general are like that and you will find them in the Church, too, they are quick to pronounce judgement and they are no better," Edwards said.
St Matthew 7:2 says, "For with that judgement he judge, ye shall be judged: and with that measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again. And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother's eye, but considereth not the beam that is in thine own eye."
"The Pharisees and the Scribes were quick to judge and they did not take the time to help others. So they stoned people caught doing any form of sin, but Jesus came and said, don't do it that way - and this is in reference to the woman in the Bible story who was caught in the act of adultery. He told all that were gathered there and were without sin to cast the first stone and everybody walked away and Jesus blessed the woman and said, 'go thy ways and sin no more'."
On the whole aspect of judging people, Edwards said, "If you judge others, it's going to come back at you and it comes back hard because you didn't show mercy, and so nobody wants to show mercy to you. People will always remember the mercy you show to them when they are going through their moment. So we should try to be like Jesus, he takes time with people, he shows mercy instead of judgement."