The nature of judgment is on my mind. The ways in which we judge each other and the events and natural elements around us; what constitutes good or bad in our eyes and how that differs from the way in which God judges.
God judges us knowing our hearts and our minds. He knows our innermost thoughts, desires and fears. He understands our motivations and can see the outer forces that affect those motivations. He knows all of our pain and all of our joys because He came to us in human form through His son, Jesus, that He would experience all of these things on a human level, our level. God is love and good and He would not condemn us whom He created and who He loves without knowing us fully and without understanding the way that we see.
He did not send His Son to provide a perfect example that we could never hope to emulate, but rather that we have a path to a relationship with Him face to face. We are allowed, through Jesus, to look into the face of God, and to know that He knows. His judgment is based upon truth, not perception. His judgment is based upon who we are, not who we appear to be.
Our judgments of good and evil, what is right and what is wrong, is always based upon our perception of reality. We judge the value of elements in the world around us as we perceive that they affect us individually. If we are not happy with an outcome or encounter we judge it to be bad or evil, and if it brings us pleasure or gain we deem it as good.
How often have we deemed something good and later found that we suffer from the choices we’ve made? How often throughout our lives have our opinions of things changed as we gather more information and experience? How often do we suffer for the poor judgments of our youth, and how many of our loved ones and those around us suffered as we bumble through our lives, sure of ourselves until we aren’t?
And yet still we press on, confident in our own righteousness. God tells us not to judge. How much hurt and pain would be avoided if just one of us were able to fully follow that tenet? As I look back on my own life and the countless misjudgments that I have made, based upon how I felt at that particular point in time, I can honestly say that the pain and hardship that I could have spared myself and more importantly those around me is massive.
I cannot counter that with the good that I have done or even the good that I think that I have done but again only in my present awareness (that “good” still has time to prove itself not).
In reality, I think that I am not qualified to pass judgment on anyone or anything. A bee stings me and I deem it as bad, but that same bee pollinates the plants that bring life-giving nourishment and oxygen for my consumption, and some create sweet honey, and others help to recycle dead and decaying that, if left, would foster disease and death and instead turn it into life giving nutrients that enrich the soil and allow things to grow and flourish. A wolf attacks a farmers livestock, harming the farmers livelihood and threatening family pets, but in the absence of the wolf the deer and elk overpopulate and become sick and diseased and eventually die off while smaller predators flourish and eradicate other species which renew and replenish the natural habitat.
Our judgment of good and bad is so subjective that truth is split into billions of pieces as each of us sees good and bad as how it affects us individually and those that we care about and even then our judgments for the good of those dear to us are different than their own judgments. Feelings are hurt, families are torn asunder, communities argue, and wars begin; all because of our feel-good judgments.
What if we spent the energy and time that we waste on subjective judgment on learning about the things that we are repulsed by? What if we left the judgment to the One who has the knowledge to make a decision of such impact and instead spent that effort in understanding that which scares or repulses us? What if we could know why something hurts before we reject it as useless or evil? Isn’t it easier to avoid the pain if we know why it hurts? Sometimes it hurts to save us.
There are, by the best counts, over 7 billion people on the earth today. There are over 7 billion stories to learn, over 7 billion sets of motivations to account for, over 7 billion different sets of eyes seeing the world from a unique set of circumstances, with different ways of judging the events and concerns that confront us.
Can we really pass judgment on any but our own actions from our own puny experiences, from our own little lives?
Only God sees each of us as truly a unique and worthwhile individual and only He who possesses the insight and wisdom can truly make an informed judgment on the worthiness and validity of someone’s concerns and fears.
We really don’t (or perhaps can’t) often make the right choice for ourselves without a sometimes painful process of trial and error. How do we deem ourselves qualified to tell someone else that their pain, fears, or concerns are invalid?