Monday, March 5, 2012

How perfect

One day before Super Tuesday there is something too providential about the gospel's admonition:

Stop judging and you will not be judged. Stop condemning and you will not be condemned.

From the far left who wants to talk about a "war on women" to the far right talk of "socialist agenda." The judging and condemning going on seem to be at least the worst in my lifetime.

This gospel does not mean that we are not to have principles and convictions. It does not even mean that we are not supposed to make reasoned judgements. Life should be a constant series of those.

It means we should not be moving beyond the judging of the policy to the attribution of motive, as if we can read what is in another persons heart. The language of the sinister plot (they want to take away your freedom to...), is antithetical to Christianity.

We love to think of ourselves as a religious country. Most of us think of ourselves as Christians. Yet, in our conversations, particularly the political ones it seems lately, we set our Christianity aside.

In this Lenten season perhaps it is time to monitor our judgments just a bit more.