Judge Not Lest Ye Be Judged

Isn’t this a gorgeously stylish Jesus? As I’ve explained in an earlier post I intentionally don’t identify as a Christian. But I will acknowledge that there is a lot of inspired stuff in the Bible, words to guide a life lived well. ‘Judge not lest ye be judged’ Matthew 7:1 is one of the principles contained within it that I’ve been working on in recent years. Not that I always succeed but I give it a go. I do sometimes release the blame fairy when someone is being a complete knob! But being non judgemental has become more important since I’ve worked in prisons. It helps me to take a compassionate stance with people who’ve done truly dreadful things. My role is not one that involves doling out restorative justice but of healing. I’ll leave the punishment angle of things to others who have that in their job description.

I’m not the only non Christian that takes inspiration from the Good Book. Billy Bragg, a favourite artist of mine has written a song ‘Do unto Others’ that draws on biblical teaching. And R.E.M., who also get my fandom, reflect on the exact verse, ‘Judge not lest ye be judged’ in a quite beautiful song

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  1. I adore that REM song, a standout track from New Adventures In HiFi, and I always sing “judge not les ye be judged” to that tune whenever I come across it. Hopefully not always out loud!

    I too am working on being less judgemental, thanks for reminding me to give folks a little grace.

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