I don’t use much social media, apart from Instagram. I follow a hell of a lot of people on, too many probably, but a few of those pages are Napoleon Hill quotes, stoic quotes, bibles verses and so on.
One post I saw today intrigued me, it was a Bible verse from Mathew chapter 7, with “Judge not…” and the rest scribbled out.
How many times do we read one of these quotes and read it without context? Like the clickbait headlines on so many sites these days we read, but don’t read on, we get the nice sugary carb hit and leave the meat and veg. And basing opinion on this, as so many do, can be a huge cause of conflict. Always, we have to read beyond the soundbite, headline, or meme.
So what is Mathew 7?
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.…
12 So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets.
The Golden Rule, summed up.