There’s a pretty famous saying that goes “Judge not, that ye be not judged.” You’ve probably heard of it.
You probably also think it means that you should accept everything that everyone, everywhere does without so much as a thought of disapprobation.
But there’s more to it. As with most things, context is key:
Judge not, that ye be not judged.
For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again.
And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother’s eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye?
Or how wilt thou say to thy brother, Let me pull out the mote out of thine eye; and, behold, a beam is in thine own eye?
Thou hypocrite, first cast out the beam out of thine own eye; and then shalt thou see clearly to cast out the mote out of thy brother’s eye.
So besides the comical imagery of a guy walking around with a gigantic beam of wood sticking out of his eye, the takeaway here is a warning against hypocrisy: don’t accuse others of doing what you yourself do.
I think about this when I pay attention to current events. I don’t write about politics here unless it’s in a big-picture, conceptual way, mainly because (1) there are plenty of political blogs out there, and this isn’t one of them; (2) politics is actually really boring; (3) I talk about it enough on Twitter and Gab to get it out of my system, and (4) I don’t want to alienate any readers who might otherwise want to hear what I have to say.
But the media in this country, which has been derelict in its duty to both inform and hold the government accountable, continues to sink to new lows, and the lesson of the day is one in abject hypocrisy.
I don’t care who you’re voting for, but the furor over dirty words spoken about a certain candidate before their presidential run is both hilarious and astounding. I’m not talking about valid concerns that such words raise–it’s important to know everything about a potential president. I’m talking about the media’s hyperventilating over them.
These same people who, whether it’s in news, entertainment, or other areas of pop-culture, who push all kinds of lewdness, impiety, degeneracy (apologias for pedophilia, anyone?) are now incensed that somebody said rude words, and they expect us to take them seriously?
The same people who defend certain types of naughty words and behaviors actual actions towards members of a certain sex are now pretending to be the Church Lady from Saturday Night Live, and we’re supposed to believe they’re being sincere?
The same media establishment that, let’s be real, does not like religion, God, and particularly Christianity, is now appealing to our sense of morality about things?
Please. Continue reading “Weaponized Sanctimony: What to Make of the Piety Police (and How Not to Join Them)”