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“Don’t judge, so that you won’t be judged. You’ll receive the same judgment you give. Whatever you deal out will be dealt out to you.”  – Matthew 7: 1-2

Somethings are easier said than done.  We formulate opinions quickly.  That’s why first impressions are so important.  When we meet someone, our brains seem wired to size them up and judge them.

Being born and raised in Nashville, TN, people tell me I have a Southern accent.  Because of my accent, some folks assume I’m not too bright, country, and simple.  And while all that may or may not be true, that’s the assumption.

We are wired to make assumptions and our brains carry forward learned stereotypes.  It is what we do with those stereotypes and assumptions that matter.  I assume these words from Jesus were useful 2000 years ago, but I’m certain they are needed today.  “Don’t judge, so that you won’t be judged.”

We judge people based on gender, sexual orientation, income level, education, political affiliation, age, where they are from, religion, and a host of other criteria.

Jesus words challenge us and invite us to do the hard work of getting to know folks who are different from us – to judge less and care more.

Prayer:  Lord, I’m guilty of judging others, and I assume that others are guilty of judging me.  Forgive me of my sins, as I forgive those who have sinned against me.  Amen.