When I was 5 I told a cousin that they were going to hell for something they were doing. I think it had to do with a bicycle or a cookie, both very important things to a 5 year old.
“7 “Do not judge, or you too will be judged. 2 For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.
3 “Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye? 4 How can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when all the time there is a plank in your own eye? 5 You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.
6 “Do not give dogs what is sacred; do not throw your pearls to pigs. If you do, they may trample them under their feet, and turn and tear you to pieces.
In the 52 years since then I have changed my position. I hope that my cousin doesn’t go to hell. In fact I hope they ask Jesus to forgive them and they go to heaven.
I cannot, in the few minutes I spent researching to write this, find proof of this but I believe that what Jesus was saying in this passage is do not condemn to hell another person. Do not condemn.
Later in this chapter we see the the golden rule. The one rule that if we follow it we will also be following all the other rules.
“So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets.”
I don’t want to be condemned to hell. I will not condemn my cousin, or anyone else to hell. There are people that make me crazy but I must treat them not as they deserve but as I want to treated. This is hard stuff.
Not doing so well with this this morning.
I am today just as I was when I was 5 in need of forgiveness for myself.
Father forgive my sin. Help me forgive others.