Most of us understand that people are different and those differences are a good thing. The world would be a boring place if everyone believed and acted the same way. Diversity is one of God’s great blessings to the world.
Even though we acknowledge the blessing of diversity, the number 1 reason we judge other people is because they are different from us. They do things different than we would, they believe different ideas than we do, they value different things than we do, or they have a different set of morals than we do. These differences lead us to call other people weird, stupid, ignorant, immoral, and evil.
Our prideful side whispers in our hearts that our way is the right way and if someone doesn’t do it our way they are wrong. This reality (even though we wouldn’t actually admit to it) causes us to be very harsh with one another.
We see it in our discussion of politics, in our conversations about religion and theology, in our relationships at work, and our interactions with our neighbors.
Be careful about the way you view other people. If you label people as weird, ignorant, or wrong simply because they do things differently than you do, you doing what Jesus asked you not to do.
“You have heard that our ancestors were told, ‘You must not murder. If you commit murder, you are subject to judgment.’ But I say, if you are even angry with someone, you are subject to judgment! If you call someone an idiot, you are in danger of being brought before the court. And if you curse someone, you are in danger of the fires of hell.
In order to live the way of Jesus we need to be humble and patient.
The apostle Paul wrote; “Always be humble and gentle. Be patient with each other, making allowance for each other’s faults because of your love. Make every effort to keep yourselves united in the Spirit, binding yourselves together with peace.” (Ephesians 4:2-3,NLT)
Without humility we will constantly be casting judgement on others rather than embracing the diversity God designed within the world.