Judge not, that ye be not judged. Matthew 7:1
If you have been around any length of time, I know you have heard the proverbial saying, “You can’t judge a book by its cover.” This is an absolutely true statement. I have purchased many books throughout the years, and I want to add to that statement also, by saying, “You can’t judge a book by its title either.” I have gone to bookstores and purchased a few books that had a flashy cover and a great title only to get home and begin reading, and discover that the cover and the title were the best thing about the book. On the flip-side, there have been books that I have purchased where there was a plain cover and a not so catchy title; when I got home and began reading the book, I was totally captivated by the contents of that book.
Unfortunately, we are always looking at the outside of things and making a determination about whatever it is without getting to know what is on the inside. We must remember another proverbial saying, “All that glitters, is not gold.” We are totally out of line when we make an assessment based on the external. I have found that my guilt is greater because I have not done my due diligence by getting to know what I purchase, situations that come up and people I come in contact with.
With that said, God is truly not pleased when we who are Christians rush to judgment on someone before we even get to know them. I am finding more and more how we tend to size up someone based upon what someone has said about their experience with that individual. Or, we make an appraisal based upon where someone lives, what they drive, or where they work. But I feel the worst is when we look at a person, not knowing anything about them and we make a judgment on them because of how they look, that is, what they are wearing; their hairstyle; if they have tattoos or piercings; or if they are homeless and don’t smell as good as the members of the church or those who are in our clique. Let me issue a strong warning, the Scribes, Sadducees and the Pharisees had that same mentality, and all we have to do is go to the Scriptures and see that Jesus called them hypocrites! (Matthew 23).
Let us remember that “all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.” (Rom. 3:23). We all come from different social standings; we all have different personalities; we all have unique appearances; we all have certain qualities about us that are both good and bad. But remember, what you see on the outside does not determine what is on the inside. I have seen many who look the part on the outside, and are not on the inside what they appear to be on the outside. And the only reason I know that is because they have proven their true colors on the outside. The next time we come in contact with someone whom we have never met before, take some time to get to know them before we make a judgment on them. Always remember, we hate it when someone judges us before they get to know us.
Your servant in Christ,