A stereotype is defined as an over-simplified or standardized conception of a culture, profession or group.  How often do we categorize people?  For example, everyone knows that cops and donuts go together – right?  The Italian people are all members of the Mafia.  Rednecks have only one  tooth and park their used furniture outside next to their pickups.

I happen to be composed of five different nationalities.  I’m Irish, English, German, French and Swedish.  I should therefore be a green beer swilling drunk- with a stiff upper lip – without a sense of humor, stubborn and serious all the time –  a rude, arrogant romantic who loves freedom – and a blond socialist who shops at Ikea.

Well, I certainly hope that doesn’t describe me.  It’s funny how we put people into pigeon-holes before we ever get a chance to know them.  We have a tendency to judge.   Do we tend to think we are better  than others?  Do we look at outward appearances?  Do we look at humanity unfairly?

I think if we’re honest with ourselves, we have to admit weve at one time or another done this.  We are all guilty, because it is part of our sinful nature.

Christians are also placed into a certain stereotypical category.  Many people think if you’re a Christian, your life is perfect – that you have no problems and if you do, it’s because you’ve done something to displease your God.   They think you’re a goody two shoes – you’re too conservative – you don’t have any fun – you worry too much about sin – that you are all show and no action and that you believe in fairy tales.

Many of those attitudes are formed because it’s easy to put people of one race, one nationality, one ethnic group, one religion into one category.  We aren’t all the same.  God tells us not to judge others.  That job is up to him.

Matthew 1-2 says, “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.”

Dear Lord, help me to reflect on these words .  Help me to keep an open mind in all my relationships today.  Keep me from making judgments about people, their intentions, their thoughts, their motives, without really knowing what’s in their hearts.  You alone are our judge.  Don’t ever let me forget that. Amen!



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As I reach the end of my years, I find I have a lot of good information stored up in this old decrepit mind of mine. If I don't write it all down, it may vanish and no one will have the advantage of my thoughts. This is why this blog exists. I love the Lord, Jesus with all my heart and soul. I know I'm undeserving of all He's done for me, but I also know that His love is beyond my comprehension. I've always wanted to write. I never kept diaries, but tucked my thoughts in my head for future reference. I use them now in creating stories, plays, poetry and my blog. I continue to learn every day. I believe the compilation of our time spent with God will have huge affect on the way we live. I know I'm a sinner and I need a Savior. I have One through Jesus, Christ. My book, "Stages - a memoir," is about the seven stages of life from the perspective of a woman. It addresses all the things girls and women go through in life as they travel it with Jesus, and it is available on Amazon.com.
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8 Responses to JUDGE NOT

  1. Amen, sweet post. I sometimes say stereotypes are like a form of shorthand, but nobody really knows what shorthand is anymore. Labels are lazy, they are like trying to take a shortcut, where you don’t have to try to get to know people as individuals, nor do you have to think critically about things. We all do it to some extent, some part of our brains likes to categorize, but it is definitely something to be aware of.

    My kid has just realized we’re half Italian and she’s been having great fun with it. Hey, don’t mess with the family. We’re Italian, we know people. 🙂

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  2. Lee Poskey says:

    Good mornin Kathy. You have a good message here about not judging people.

    And may I add that I’m a stereotypical hick, and I love being a hick. If you ever met me in person you’d see for yourself just how hicked out I really am.

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  3. believe4147 says:

    Good reminders. I’m thankful I have only one Judge and his judgments are just and righteous. So I guess I better watch my heart!

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  4. Forty-plus years ago, when I was getting to know the guy I would eventually marry, it somehow came up in conversation that I have German and Scots blood. He said, “So you’re stubborn and stingy.” Can’t believe I married him anyway.

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