Have you ever lived my life?
Spent one minute in my shoes?
If you haven’t then tell me why
You judge me as you do .
Have you ever woken up in the morning
Wondering if this was your last day on Earth?
Have you ever left your house
Unsure if you’d return?
Have you ever seen your friend get shot
Outside his favorite store?
Have you ever seen a friend die
From drugs he’d never used before?
Have you ever seen your mom get beat up
By your stepdad messed up on booze?
Have you ever had an unwated pregnancy
Forcing you to choose?
Have you ever sat beneath the stars
Hoping God will hear?
Have you ever seen your friend drive away
After way too many beers?
Have you ever considered suicide
As the only way?
Have you ever tried to hide yourself
Behind the things you say?
Have you ever wanted to protect
Your friends and everyone in sight?
Have you ever felt such pain
That you cried yourself to sleep at night?
Have you ever lived my life,
Spent one minute in my shoes?
If you havent then tell me why
You judge me as you do.
“Do not judge so that you will not be judged.”This command was given by Jesus Christ as He was preaching to the crowds on the Mount of Olives. This and similar verses are often cited as proof that Christians should not go around condemning others about their behavior. Is this what Jesus meant when He gave this command? But why is it that humans are always judging one another?
Now why we judge each other, I think, it’s because of our desire to categorize everything. We want everything to fit neatly into a box, and if we don’t know what’s going on inside, we’ll do so by the outside.
The human mind can’t catalogued every single person we meet and ‘judge’ them based on just that one person. To be more efficient, it groups people with similar characteristics together and assigns them all to the same category. A closed-minded person never goes any further. An open-minded person starts with the initial categorization (black, mexican,white, liberal, disabled, blonde, rich, poor etc.) and then allows experience with the individual to modify the initial ‘judgment’.
Imagine never judging anyone. Most (especially younger) people today think this sounds like a wonderful idea. Until you realize that this means not deploring, if the person next to you thinks it’s cool to abuse their kids, or shoot up a school because they are unpopular, or smoke pot before getting in that 18 wheeler careening all over the road….
So while judgment may be unpleasant to some (weaklings), it is a necessary part of living around other people. Judgment on a small-scale helps you figure out who it’s OK to be around, and who is undesirable. Used improperly, this is prejudice (pre-judging, that is judging someone at a glance before figuring out if that impression is accurate). Used properly, it is an adaptive response which we are in fact designed to make use.
As to judging our own time, and thereby gaining some basis for a judgement of future possibilities, we are doubtless not only too close to it to appraise it but too much formed by it and enclosed within it to do so.
Enclosing I agree firmly that to judge another person on their outward appearance is entirely wrong but the brutal truth is, “judging” plays an important role in our everyday lives it’s a code of survival on the streets ,
Before the throne of the Almighty, man will be judged not by his acts but by his intentions. For God alone reads our hearts. ~Mohandas Gandhi