Is It Really Judging?
All this concern about being “judged” – what might be behind some of it?
Sometimes one has to wonder if the conscience of people (worrying about others “judging” them) isn’t already convicting them that they’re going the wrong way in life. Hearing it from the inside but ignoring it results in a conscience that’s been anesthetized by being ignored. But then when the wake up call comes from the outside, it’s regarded as judgment. Of course in our relativistic society, anyone who brings attention to the idea that there is still right or wrong is regarded as a hater or as judgmental, or not with the times – when the fact is that what’s going on is like this:
If someone is walking in a very dark place where you’ve been before, and you’re familiar with the dangerous terrain, you warn them that they’re about to step off a clip that’s a few steps away. This direction is offered with deep concern (love), but they accuse you of “judging”. This is where we’re at with things in America, in fact all over the world. It’s as if the entire society is just one big rebellious adolescent.
It may feel good to walk in the dark for awhile, but the fall from the cliff will not be very pleasant. Some may learn from taking a tumble. Some never learn at all.
“A wise man will hear and increase in learning, And a man of understanding will acquire wise counsel, To understand a proverb and a figure, The words of the wise and their riddles. The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge; Fools despise wisdom and instruction.” Proverbs 1:5-7