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Friday, December 17 2010

If there has ever been a verse of Scripture abused and contorted, it's Matthew 7:1:

Judge not, that ye be not judged.

This statement of Christ has been misconstrued so often, so badly, that it's not surprising that many people don't even have a firm grasp on the type of judgmental soul to which Jesus was referring.  Instead, this verse is ripped from its context and used as a political or social weapon to advance everything from vice to sodomy to anarchy.


But rarely do those who throw this phrase around contradict themselves in the same sitting.  When it happens, it's worth noting.


MSNBC's pseudo-conservative Joe Scarborough was expressing his frustration with Republican Senators Jon Kyl and and Jim DeMint.  The two conservatives had criticized Senate Majority leader Harry Reid for his threat to hold the Senate in session through Christmas, so that more Democrat legislation could be crammed through before the Republican masses came to town.


Kyl and DeMint apparently felt doing so would be sacrilegious.  That was too much for Scarborough:

JOE SCARBOROUGH: I'm blown away.  I mean that [Kyl's statement] is offensive. It's offensive that people would use Christianity for political leverage.

. . .

[For Kyl and DeMint] to be self-righteous? I mean, judge not that ye be not judged. Do we want to go through Bible verses?  But questioning Harry Reid's Christianity? Suggesting he's blasphemous?

. . .

I don't usually say this, but I think Sen. DeMint, who I know and like and respect, and Jon Kyl, owe Harry Reid an apology.  And I will say it.  I will go there: it is un-Christlike.  I will go there.  It is un-Christlike to judge another man's faith in the way they have judged Harry Reid's faith--a devout Mormon; a devout Christian.

You caught that, right?  Suggesting that Reid's action were sacrilegious constitutes "judging" someone in contradiction of the Matthew 7:1 warning.  But evidently Scarborough calling people un-Christlike is not the same?


Frankly, I don't think either amount to a violation of the principle Jesus was establishing.  Judging a person's actions as inappropriate and wrong (as both of these two incidents do) is not judging the eternal fate and state of someone's soul by a standard the "judger" is unwilling to apply to themselves. 


Silliness, but important to note nonetheless.

Posted by: Peter Heck AT 09:20 am   |  Permalink   |  0 Comments  |  Email

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