I’m a white male American, and I am willing to be judged…as long as you judge yourself by the same standards.

The most quoted statement by Jesus Christ by those who want to use His words for their own purposes is from Luke 6 “Judge not, and you will not be judged; condemn not, and you will not be condemned;” and what is usually left out is the rest of the passage “forgive, and you will be forgiven; give, and it will be given to you. Good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap. For with the measure you use it will be measured back to you.” How about the same quote, with a more complete context, from Matthew 7 Judge not, that you be not judged.  For with the judgment you pronounce you will be judged, and with the measure you use it will be measured to you. Why do you see the speck that is in your brother’s eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye? The different contexts are: Luke, whatever you give out you get back, but often more of it. Matthew, you can’t judge rightly when you are blinded by the same sin. The aftermath from the Charlottesville riots and subsequent pronouncements from the media, the President and the victim hustlers (see previous post) is a whole lotta judgment going on. Therefore, let the judges beware. I invite you to throw the first stone.

That’s okay by me, go right ahead and call me what I am: white, privileged, patriarchal male. It’s all true. I am patriarchal in the sense that Jesus intended, that I would unhesitatingly give my life for my wife and three daughters. I am privileged because I was born in the United States to a middle class patriarchal family. The white and male parts, well that’s part of the privilege. So sue me, I won’t be apologizing any time soon. Now to those who want to add to my self definition above, know that in addition to the things I had no control over, I have chosen additional labels: Christian (and reformed, as in Reformation), husband, father. Which of that list makes me racist, sexist, nazi, white supremacist, bigot? How about my opinions? Have you been reading my blog? If not, go read the previous post. I’m sure you can find lots to judge me on there. I don’t mind being judged, as long as I am accorded the right to judge you by the same standards you use to judge me, and as long as you are not blinded by the same sin. That’s always the danger of judging, isn’t it?

Regarding Jesus’ words about “the log in your own eye”: From National Review, “There’s a fever in the August air, a thick, swampy fever of righteous stupidity. At the University of Southern California, the Black Student Assembly raised a ruckus by pointing out that the school’s equine mascot, Traveler, the ninth in his line, had almost the same name as Robert E. Lee’s horse, Traveller. It’s unclear whether there is any tie between the two horses’ names, but Saphia Jackson, the group’s co-director, touted the similarity as proof that ‘white supremacy hits close to home.’ (don’t worry, Saphia, Traveler is a gelding, so he won’t be passing on white supremacy). In Atlanta, an angry mob attacked and desecrated a statue called the Peace Monument. It depicted a Confederate soldier laying down his arms at the behest of an angel of peace over the inscription, ‘Cease firing, peace is proclaimed.’ A masked protester was photographed trying (unsuccessfully) to pull the massive statue down with a chain.” Does anyone have a log in their eye?

Speaking of which, if you still can’t get over your white guilt, someone has a list of 10 demands which will accelerate your re-education. BLM commands

Now, about Nazis. What do you know, really know about Nazis, those of you who so casually throw that word of accusation around? My grandparents were children when they fled from the REAL NAZIS, from Poland and from Hungary. Much of their family died in the Nazi death camps. My mother’s parents were forever scarred by their experiences, and the knowledge that most of their families were annihilated. Do you think those clowns with their signs and confederate flags and makeshift pseudo uniforms are Nazis? You know nothing. I would like to tell you what you can do with your Nazi accusations, but I have a better idea. Watch Walking With the Enemy on Netflix, or Schindler’s List. Pretend that what you are seeing is real–it was. Then accuse an American who doesn’t agree with you a Nazi, or better yet, look in the mirror.

 

Author: iamcurmudgeon

When I began this blog, I was a 70 year old man, with a young mind and a body trying to recover from a stroke, and my purpose for this whole blog thing is to provoke thinking, to ridicule reflex reaction, and provide a legacy to my children.

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