Mountains to Move ~ Mount Judgement

We judge others and then when we do not act on that judgment, we arrogantly think we are being merciful.

Greetings Dear Reader,

An iceberg is a mountain of ice that is already in the sea. We only see a little of the mountain that is there. Some are so large that one could scale the part that is above the water like a genuine mountain. Icebergs are beautiful and dangerous all at once.

I do not think that we begin to see the icebergs of judgment that we float through our lives. We judge others in ways that we do not even see. Most of it is contained in the values and standards of our culture that are not in alignment with loving the Father and following the Son. Like the billions of small crystals that make up an iceberg, we carry beautifully horrid verdicts of social and spiritual natures.

From our sense of fashion to our hatred of those who disagree with us on serious matters we float our judgments at others without even intending to do so. We have seated them so deeply that they are mental muscle memory. We judge others based on our own prejudices and then when we do not act on that judgment, we arrogantly think we are being merciful. We say that we are loving others when in truth, we are loving our pride and making allowances based on our own version of the world.

The place of my heart and mind must be that our differences unite us as unique beings loved by the Father. He insists that we love him with all that we are and that we love each other without reservation. There is no room for the mountain of judgment in our lives. It must be avoided, conquered, or removed. I must capture every thought that is judgmental and banish it.

Love and judgment cannot cohabit. We cannot joke about the beliefs of others and love them. Even our little bit of fun about spiritual and social differences may be seated in the judgment of others because we are “right” and they are “wrong”. It is the place of those who follow Christ to see people as they are, celebrate the things that reveal the Father in them, and love them no matter who or what they are.

Love and failure to judge do not mean I accept things that are wrong or condone the choices of others. It does mean that I leave the dealing with those things to the Father. There are things that are obviously wrong. I must discern the difference between the sound judgment of actions and choices and placing discriminatory findings on the person. I can say that stealing is wrong without turning dismissive unkindness toward the thief. There may be consequences for stealing without discounting everything else about the one who stole.

When I dismiss others because of their wrongs, I crash into an iceberg of judgment that sinks my own righteousness because I too have sinned. It is love that melts this mountain of ice that can freeze out our ability to be good and kind to others. We can manage the surface judgments but it takes mercy and grace from the Spirit to manage the things we carry below the surface, Dear Reader. We have far to go and this mountain must be moved.

Wishing you joy in the journey,

Aramis Thorn
Mat 13:52 So Jesus said to them, “That is why every writer who has become a disciple of Christ’s rule of the universe is like a homeowner. He liberally hands out new and old things from his great treasure store.”
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We judge others and then when we do not act on that judgment, we arrogantly think we are being merciful.



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