“An Analysis of Matthew 7,” by Andrew J. Schatkin
Ladies and gentlemen and my dear readers, thinkers, politically incorrect, and those of our worthy citizens who seek and wish to get beyond the surface in their thinking and delve deeper to arrive at some kernel and grain of truth and rejecting the force of propaganda and political code words and the media blitz of ongoing manipulation leading to intellectual confusion and intellectual darkness and deprivation.
Today I will analyze and consider another saying of the eternal god, articulated by his only begotten son. This most deep and profound saying is found in Matthew 7:1 and are the words of Christ on judgment and judging. Jesus says here, ‘Judge not that you not be judged for with the judgment you pronounce you will be judged and the measure you give will be the measure you get. Why do you see the speck that is in your brother’s eye but do not notice the log that is in your own eye? Or how can you say to your brother let me take the speck out of your own eye when there is a log in your own eye? You hypocrite: first take the log out of your own eye and then you will see clearly take the speck out of your brother’s eye.’
How are we to understand these telling and once again most challenging words of Jesus advising us about judgment and judging? First, we all know that we constantly make judgments every day of every kind. Particularly in today’s system and society, many people judge on the exterior which could well be a surface judgment based on exterior looks and dress. Sad to say, many people, if not most, make these sort of judgments about people even to marry.
Many people in our society judge based on wealth or, better put, class factors such as the car that person drives, for example. Few seek the friendship of the sick and homeless and downtrodden and dirty and ugly. Given the choice, these poor persons are regularly subject to rejection. Few people are like Mother Teresa, an outstanding Christian who devoted her entire life to caring for the sick, poor, and dying in a society that chose to leave them die on the streets of the cities of India, as is the case with many peoples and societies worldwide in poor countries.
It is clear that we poor, misguided humans judge and make constant judgments on the basis I have just noted which includes also judgments based on wealth and education. We avoid the less educated and the messy and disheveled. So, what is Jesus advising and telling us here? He is saying several things. First, that we are not to judge and that if we do so we should first look at ourselves and see our failings and our faults and our limitations before focusing on the failings of others and so making a judgment and judging. He is saying, more accurately, look at your own sins and sinful nature before noticing the sins and faults of others. Second, he informs us that if we do judge, the outcome will be an equally-harsh judgment from the eternal god. He tells us that that the god of the biblical revelation is merciful and forgiving and if we choose to be harsh and hard on others, he will judge us in the same way and fashion. Jesus advises of the possible consequence should we proceed with judging and taking on the role and thinking of god. I think Jesus informs us here that judgment is in the domain of god who is truly like an x-ray, able to make the true judgment, not the superficial judgment, and look into the heart and soul of every man and women. It is only god that can see and understand us all as we really are, not in our egotism and pride nor in the flattery of the sycophantic comments of our neighbors and friends.
These verses do not mean that we are not free to make everyday judgments, but we are freed from being everyone’s conscience or censor. Our judgments are inadequate, and we should not assume the role of god and meddle in other person’s affairs and in the workings of their souls and hearts which we cannot truly know or grasp.
Ladies and gentlemen and my fellow intellectually-astute and delvers into truth and who choose to engage in honest intellectual discourse and are intellectually honest and seek to arrive at understanding and truth, I end this essay with the fond hope I have provided some thought and insight on plumbing the depths of the words of Christ, the eternal god of holy scripture, which we cannot read, hear and perhaps understand sufficiently.