Judge Not Lest You Be Judged


“Judge not, lest you be judged!”
He yelled as he performed acts depraved.
“Judge not, lest you be judged!”
She screamed as she twerked into her grave.

If this is the only verse you cite
At high volume for protection,
Your topsy-turvy ethics of wrong is right
Might win you an election.

But do you know the context dear,
Do you even know the reference?
If I tell you though, will you even hear,
Could it even make a difference?

These words are found in Matthew 7:1
And there’s a reason that Jesus shared them:
He wanted sins to come undone
And no false lies to guard them.

If you will read still farther
Down to Matthew 7:3,
You’ll see what Christ was after:
A sure hypocrisy

But Jesus doesn’t leave the two
With planks and sawdust in their eyes
Blocking their vision and their view
Of how to make things right:

We are not isolated,
Our actions solely personal,
For with the bodies God created
He also made the law.

The law is like a mirror
That shows our carpentry-carved eyes;
All the clutter shows up clearer
And we find it makes us wise

Reading on we then arrive
On a scene of surgery
Found in Matthew 7:5–
Two blind men now can see.

Once you’ve pulled your plank that blinded
You can speak about the speck;
Once you’ve removed your ropes that binded
You can yank them from the wreck.

So, judge me then I cry:
If my speech is heresy,
Take this plank from out my eye
And then turn and paddle me.

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4 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. readinpleasure
    Sep 06, 2013 @ 11:50:12

    Brilliant write!

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  2. thebardonthehill
    Sep 07, 2013 @ 12:14:55

    Very good! You tackled a difficult subject to put into verse and carried it off quite well. Yes, context shows 3 things that mean “judge not” isn’t absolute, but that Jesus was simply teaching against hypocritical judging. Men cry Matt.7 not knowing of John 7 which says, “…judge with righteous judgment” (v.24).

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    • wordcoaster
      Sep 09, 2013 @ 00:06:49

      Thank you! And thanks for sharing that verse as well. Though I tried to share more of the context of Matthew 7, it is even more important to remember the context of the whole gospel.
      I find it interesting that people who clearly do not believe in God still often use Him as a defense if their behavior is in any way challenged. “Only God can judge me.” This response is not only childish, it is also scary in the way it plays out logically. Without human accountability or belief in a God that gives a moral code, there is left only anarchy. To me, that seems like a bad option…but who am I to judge? 😉

      Reply

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