Let God Be the Judge…
Are you perfect? No? Neither am I. Then, we must be careful how we see others:
Why then do you judge your brother? Or you, why do you look down on your brother? For we shall all stand before the judgment seat of God; for it is written: “As I live, says the Lord, every knee shall bend before me, and every tongue shall give praise to God.” So (then) each of us shall give an account of himself (to God).. -Romans 14:10-12, NAB
Sacred Scripture teaches us that we are all sinners, and we all fall short of the glory of God. Not one of us deserves to be made holy, yet God, in His merciful, forgiving ways, makes us holy anyway. God can see the beauty in us, despite the ugliness of our sins, yet we fail to do the same for others.
Is there someone you know who does not make it to Mass as often as you do? Do you know someone who has not been to Confession for quite a long time? Have you seen someone simply pass the plate every time the offering is passed around? How does it make you feel?
Regardless of where someone else may be at in their journey of faith, it is not our place to judge them. There was probably a time in our own lives that we struggled just as they are now. If we can understand where they are coming from, then why do we judge them for the same mistakes that we once made?
Who are we to judge? Somehow, I think that God’s got it under control. Let’s stop judging each other, and start lifting each other up. If we put half of the energy that we normally spend judging others on finding ways to help them out instead, the Church might look a lot different than it does now.