Giving your opinion and judging isn´t the same: Let’s not judge!
Author: Salvador I. Reding V. | Source: Catholic.net
We are reminded: we shall not judge others, especially if we judge without knowing reasons, explanatory and without examining whether we are being objective. The common rush to condemn others without considering the case, does much harm to them and the spontaneous judge. Also to repeat judgments they heard or read anything without being recorded.
But, we can say: what do I think or say when someone does something wrong? If the "evidence" indicates that I have committed an offense, a crime, a sin... Can I judge what I see? The answer is: No, we have no right!
It´s true that we know wrongdoings that seem being committed by a person, how can we then close the mind to not think about it, that is, not to judge? We cannot avoid thinking about an act, but may catch limits, because we have to distinguish between opinion and judgment. The first is part of a process that must stop before judging.
Let´s not assume the role of judge. The judge reviews a case, the charges, the evidence of prosecution and with their knowledge and experience (you should have this), comes to a conclusion, and sentencing. If that sentence is exoneration or conviction. If he is guilty, because he´s convinced that the law was violated, he exerts power to condemn and thereby apply a penalty. But something else, the judge is not the executioner.
What makes the judge as a result of analysis of causes, is what we cannot do: condemn and punish. This is the difference between opinion and judgment. Many times we accuse and condemn at the same time someone from an improper fact that seems to have been committed; but: Do we have all the elements to review, and to judge?
The cases here is accused and judged innocent by faults someone didn´t commit, are too frequent. What is serious is that when we judge someone, not only we stayed with the judgment and condemnation, but as we can we shout it from the rooftops: let everyone know. Responsible point that what the world, humiliates, convicting him turn away; and then, on many occasions, it´s not as innocent or guilty, and it´s too late to rectify.
The problem of judging, and not to have an opinion, is that once we pointed out the culprit and it turns out it isn´t, then pride prevents us rectify. After the cry of guilt! We stay silent.
When we judge, and dictate our personal judgment, we forget the case of the adulterous woman in the Gospel: "He who is without sin cast the first stone." The problem is that pride establish themselves as acting judges of others, prevents us from recognizing to others our mistake, we refuse to even consider have been wrong.
Judgments and penalties have led people to commit crimes to "punish" the guilty. They´re incited mobs to beat up, stoned and even burn and kill alleged perpetrators: "justice" into their own hands. Sin and injustice committed by those who make the judgment and condemn those who assume and as involved as executioners in the execution of the sentence. A mob was incited to crucify screaming that a fair and release an offender, and so Pilate washing his hands, sent Jesus to die on Calvary.
Again, between opinion and judge there´s though not enough a great distance. Life is full of snap judgments, accusations that pass word of mouth or are published "so everyone finds out." They are the gossip, slander, defamation. Most notable is the precipitation, which isn´t enough time to learn more about the case. The prosecution, trial and conviction, are made in a single act.
This cannot be done; a professional judge doesn´t; takes time, but social judges feel God: do not have to think about anything, there is "proof", and without thinking accuse anyone who wants to listen or read, his judgment. Where´s the judgment and punishment? As executioners, denigrate “the guilty”, let them know it all! And so the voices are run, and even accuses and points to someone hearsay, because it´s known "good source" guilty.
First of all, a general principle of law is the presumption of innocence, and second, that the suspect has the right to defend himself, to give his version and file what is called exculpatory evidence in its favor.
So when it seems obvious that someone has done wrong, the first thing to do isn´t to rush to conclusions; You need to know more, and it´s still possible that the truth of the facts never gets to public knowledge. So instead of throwing sentences into the air, keep your opinions, and not make them the public accusations or appoint executioners. Many good honor and reputations have been tainted, then no turning back, the damage done isn´t repaired. And no use saying “that I thought ... I thought ...”
We are not judges, we are not. And remember that as we judge, we are also judged. Jesus' offer: do not judge and you will not be judged, so wonderful, it must be accepted. We avoid judging, although something seems wrong to us, we didn´t commit that sin.