Judgment and Practicing What You Preach

I think religion can be a wonderful thing.  It can inspire people to live their lives a better way, to be kinder to their fellow man, and to strive to be as good and moral as possible.  Some of the mothers that I respect the most are deeply spiritual people who are guided in every move by their faith.  They don’t just talk a good game; they live their beliefs every day.

I also think that religion can be a detriment in the hands of the wrong person.  I’m not just talking about the big picture thing like the various holy wars of history.  (Remember the Crusades?)  Nor am I talking about the martyring of people like Sir Thomas More and Anne Askew.  I’m talking about the every day average hypocrite.

There’s a person that I run into frequently on another web site that I frequent.  She professes to be a very devout Christian woman.  She has written on numerous occasions about the wonders of the Lord and how He has improved her life.  But whenever I read one of her posts, I’m just horrified.  Nine out of ten of her posts are devoted to criticizing someone else.  She wrote a post about a “big fat family” and then went on about an unwillingness to change.  After criticizing them for an entire post, she then finished off with hoping that they come back to her for help losing weight.

Why on earth would they go back to someone who looks down on them?

She’s written posts that criticize someone for using a hot sauce for punishment, but then went on to advocate washing a child’s mouth out with soap.  Look, they aren’t much different in idea, and neither are something that I would do.  But at least the hot sauce doesn’t come with poison control instructions.  Yet she felt that this was such a terrible thing that she went on about what an awful mother this woman was.

I could go on with more examples, but it just makes my blood boil.

The simple fact is that I do not share my religion with others.  I do not wave the banner of my religion around.  To me, religion is personal.  However, if you do choose to share your religious beliefs with the world at large, don’t be shocked when people expect you to live the ideals that you espouse.

In light of the views of the person that is the source of my frustration, I only feel that it is reasonable to close this off with a quote from Luke that shows the cause of my annoyance.

“And why do you look at the speck in your brother’s eye, but do not perceive the plank in your own eye?  Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Brother, let me remove the speck that is in your eye,’ when you yourself do not see the plank that is in your own eye? Hypocrite! First remove the plank from your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck that is in your brother’s eye.” – Luke 6:41-42, New King James Version

About Suzi

Suzi is an American ex-pat living in British Columbia. She's a cloth diaper addict, wife, mom of three, and President of the Prince George chapter of Cloth for a Cause.

Comments

  1. Well said! Unfortunately, there is a very vocal minority who definitely use their religion as a way to proclaim how right they are.

    I think if we all just lived by the Golden Rule, the world would be a much better, less judge-y place!

    • I wonder, though, who they think they are convincing? And you’re right, the Golden Rule would make the world a better place!

  2. That is the exact bible verse I was thinking of as I read your post. Well said. There is a song by DC Talk, (which is a Christian music group if you haven’t heard of them), that starts out with a man saying “The single greatest cause of atheism today is Christians who acknowledge Jesus with their lips, then walk out the door and deny Him by their lifestyle. That is what an unbelieving world simply finds unbelievable.”

  3. Marcelene Towey says:

    Thanks for the post 🙂

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