We have more ways to communicate with one another today than in any other period of history. Sadly, the world is bursting with sound bites of judgment. A cacophony of accusations one minute and resounding applause the next fills the airwaves and the internet. Too often it infects our conversations and thoughts. The wooden beams of judgment—prejudice, racism, false piety, pride and more—block the light of Christ. Even a tiny splinter in the eye must be acknowledged as our own imperfection. We can ask for forgiveness, remove the splinter and “stop judging.” Our mission as disciples is to bring the light of Christ into the world, not to judge the world. The choice either to praise God in word and action or spread the infection of slander and negativity is ours. May we see ourselves and others with the eyes of Jesus, who sees in each of us our goodness and calls every person into communion with him.
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