I tend to be very judgmental. Unlike the stereotypical judgmental attitude I tend not to judge the typical smokers, drinkers, homosexuals, and so on. I tend to judge other Christians and their sincerity and motives. For a long time I felt like this was ok, because I was judging the people who I thought were judgmental and self-righteous. I now see that much of that thinking is incredibly hypocritical. Judging people as judgmental IS Judgmental and self-righteous. What does it take to stop this cycle of judgmentalism? I think a major part of it is looking more at myself and less at others. When I see a problem in myself I tend to turn away from that thinking and begin to judge those who I once aligned myself with, and I begin to align myself with other people who tend to look down on “those” people. Instead of continually seeking to “be in the right group,” I believe it is important to continually question my own motives and desires and outlook. Continually pressing myself forward to become more like Christ, and loving all the other people around me who are struggling to do the same thing. We are all at different places and we all struggle in different ways, but I have spent much of my time seeing the errors in other people’s practices and attitudes and not nearly enough time asking the simple question: “where am I missing the mark?” I pray that God will change my judgmental attitude, and teach me to look at the plank in my eye before attempting to remove the speck from my neighbors.
“And why do you look at the speck in your brother’s eye, but do not consider the plank in your own eye?” Matt 7:3