As Jesus is the cornerstone upon which the Church is built, so are his teachings the unifying cornerstone of Christian doctrine.

Judging the judgmental

There is a lot said today about being non-judgmental, but even that is a judgment. In the parable of the Pharisee and the Publican in Luke 18:9-14 are we invited to judge the judgmental religious leader? Is that a contradiction? His smug attitude towards the sinful publican seems to be an object lesson for us. Being completely non-judgmental is impossible. Are there not two kinds of judgment, right and wrong? So as we look at the smug religious leader what kind of attitude do we see within ourselves? Are we smug about not being smug, self-righteous about not being self-righteous, or judgmental about not being judgmental? Does looking at the faults of any fellow human being make us more humble or more arrogant? Religion can make us more arrogant, but it is supposed to help us become more humble.

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