“Do not judge, lest you be judged…. Why do you look at the speck that is in your brother’s eye, but do not notice the log in your own eye?” (Matthew 7:1ff.)
If you are prone to criticism and judging others, chances are you will be the last to know it.
It’s that kind of sin. I see it in you; but it’s just part of who I am.
I find it fascinating that after issuing the warning about not judging others, our Lord followed with the caution about specks and logs in people’s eyes.
This is precisely how it works.
My judgmentalism of you appears so normal and natural that it never occurs to me that I am actually condemning you. So, while your rush to judgment is a log in your eye–one you really should do something about!–my human tendency to speak out on (ahem) convictions is merely a speck in mine and nothing to be concerned about.
One thing about me, I’m no hypocrite, right? I call it like I see it, right? You know what you’re getting with me, right? (yuck!)
Consider this conversation….
You: “What did I have for lunch? Well, I was in a hurry, so I ate a banana, a handful of nuts, and a soft drink.”
Your co-worker: “The banana and the nuts are okay, but the soft drink is fattening and poisonous. It is suicidal.”
You say nothing in response, but sit there wondering, “Who asked you? You wanted to know what I had for lunch and I told you. Does that give you a right to sit in judgment on my actions?”
It happens all the time, and just that subtly.