Monday, February 25, 2013

Hypocrisy??





I was on twitter the other day and someone tweeted “Judge not”, another handle replied and said “that’s hypocrisy”. His argument- “whether we know it or not; we unconsciously or consciously judge others”. I think it’s true, I see a person dressed in some way, speak in a particular way and I judge them in my mind for a fraction of a minute before I re-think and find an excuse for them. 


As humans, I don’t know if we ‘cannot not’ judge. I’ve been very deliberate about not adjudicating people. I try to look beyond their clothes, attitude and actions because I don’t know what their journey has been about. I mean it’s only God that looks at a prostitute and see a future great grandmother of the Saviour, Its only God that looks at a smelly shepherd boy and see a future king, Its only God that can look at a murderer and see a good leader, an author of five books of the holy book, Its only God that can look at a cheat and see a great nation.


When I look at a murderer, all I see is a murderer. When I look at a prostitute, I see a prostitute. I don’t look past the face most times, I sometimes don't take my time to see things from the person's perspective but as I write this; I just said a prayer and its one prayer I like to say every day. “God please let me see people the way you see them, let me see the world...the people you blessed this earth with through your eyes…AMEN.

29 comments:

  1. We are all guilty of judging people and we all are victims of others' judgement. If we judge people, also would be judged by others #LawOfKarma. I thinks the Bible asks somewhere that who are we to judge others when we ourselves are not without blemishes.Sometimes we do this unconsciously and its only the grace of God that can make us humble enough to see others as God sees them.

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  2. God help me to see the good in people. I think there is a difference in despising a bad act and judging someone's action. We should admonish in love and see beyond the bad act just as Christ did.

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  3. hmmmmn
    that was a wonderful prayer..
    same fr me too
    its so true..d judging thing happens so automatically. ur mind has already classified the individual bfr u can even back out.
    thats why i guess we're transforming everyday. God will help us. In Jesus name. amen

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  4. I love SYKIK's comment. It's a human society and the concern we show by admonishing or expressing recentment for bad behaviours are needed to help 'us' live well with one another. This cannot be equated to 'judging' someone. It is also beneficial that we see the good in other people as well.

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  5. AMEN!

    I agree with that person's reply on twitter. Most times when I hear people complain about other people being judgemental, I wonder if they have never judged anyone themselves. Because really it's impossible to be human and not be judgemental some/most times. What is important is to pray that kind of prayer you've prayed in your post and to always try to keep an open mind, because most times people are not really as bad as we think they are.

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  6. Amen. You're right it's hard not to judge but I believe we have to try. Most times it's easier to judge so you know how to deal with the person in the here and now, like an agbero approaching your car in a traffic jam may ask you for money or try to rob you, but looking past that, what if he's trying to tell you your headlamps are smashed? God help us.

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  7. The truth is,it's almost impossible not to judge,we're tuned to judge whether we want to or not.So,rather than advice people not to judge,what we should advice is "Judge not consciously".

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  8. I'll say that prayer again and again

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  9. Myne, your comment made me think again. Sometimes, I am too quick to jump into conclusions. God, help me see past other people's present actions and circumstances.

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  10. @Debby, there are two ways to express resentment. One is walking over to the person and telling him/her "what you did wasn't good" dat aint judgement. But, condemning the person in ur mind nd criticizing d person's actions, showing disgust, telling other people bout the person's *bad bahaviours* and comparing urself with the person with the confidence that u can never do something like dat without letting the person know his/her fault, dat is judgement...@Myne, I totally agree with u, we all judge people by their appearance before getting to know them better. @Dayor, I dropped a comment for U at my blog, dnt noe if u av seen if bt if u avnt pls do check it. Tnx

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  11. I will keep this prayer in my head always...it is so difficult not to judge..God help us all.

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  12. We are humans. It takes God to help us see people the way he sees them.

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  13. You are right. Its so easy to spontaneously judge people.
    #TamieTakeNote
    Amen and Amen to that prayer.

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  14. i'm guilty too. i guess we all are. I say amen to that prayer.

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  15. Hi Dayor, thanks for bringing this up. I wrote an extensive post on this judgement matter. You can follow this link to view it: http://www.unyimeivymusings.com/2013/01/this-whole-judging-matter.html. Whether we like it or not, consciously or unconsciously, we make snap judgements of things, people/situations around us. Also, certain positions throw you into the judgement garb whether you like it or not e.g when you are a parent, hehehehehehe. You become a judge automatically.
    That being said, it's easy to misjudge others which is a human attribute, but I add my voice to the prayers here for God to help me see beyond the surface.

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  17. Waoh! This is deep...I totally agree with you and I just said a prayer too for Grace to be more like him everyday. Thanks for sharing...

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  18. hmm we all judge..one way or the other...based on our own experiences and perspective.

    God help us

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  19. I think it is very difficult not to judge people and even more difficult for the so called 'holy ones'. Well, God help me, I'll try my best to tame the judge in me.. Facebook to change its look...

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  21. First time here and this just spoke to me. I've been thinking for a while on this same issue of subconscious judging. You def have a new follower. Thanks for sharing.

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  23. I say a very big AMEN to that prayer. Humans will always judge themselves - that makes us different from God.

    www.josephomotayo.blogspot.com/2013/03/saraba-13-africa-issue.html?m=1

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  24. 'God is the only one who can see a prostitute and see the great grandmother of he saviour' that is all...

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