Betimes with Sharpness

April 29, 2007

In my experience, there is a tendency for we Mormons to be judgmental.  I can’t think of a reason for this, since the Lord repeatedly tells us not to be judgmental.  Probably we just like looking at ourselves as being in the right.

Along with any tendency to judgmentalism comes a tendency to judge vocally, offer advice, and demand respect.  These are also failings I have found among the Saint, though I hardly think we are alone in it.  In any case, we do have  tendency to think that when we get a little power, that gives us the right to comment on everyone else.

Of course, it doesn’t.  However, sometimes we like to think that the Lord calls on us to rebuke.  In those cases, we are just being instruments in the Lord’s hands (mean, spiteful, bitter instruments).  Usually, I think we are wrong when we think this way.

To that end, I offer my unsolicited advice.  If you ever believe it time to call another to repentance or to demonstrate the superiority of your belief, stop and ask yourself if you really want to do this.  If you do, I would assume that the Lord doesn’t want you to.  If you don’t, then it may be necessary.

Good luck with that.


One comment

  1. Interesting post. You write, “Usually, I think we are wrong when we think this way.” I wonder, when do you think we are right and where do we draw the line?

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