The Word of God discloses an interesting and revealing insight in Romans 2:1: “Therefore thou art inexcusable, O man, whosoever thou art that judgest: for wherein thou judgest another, thou condemnest thyself; for thou that judgest another doest the same things.” News reports exemplify this very principle every day. One without cause judges another to be a liar. If a reason be sought, it is that the accuser is a liar himself. Not only is the false charge a lie, but the person making it is accustomed to lying (Prov. 14:25). Otherwise, he would not pass judgment without proof. The standard of proof for condemning another is two or three corroborating witnesses (Deut. 17:6; Matt. 18:16; 2 Cor. 13:1).

Another accusation hurled by certain ones in the news media and politics against other public figures is that they are mean-spirited. Once again the accuser is guilty of the very mean spiritedness he has accused his rival of having. People who already have their minds set and have taken sides never see this truth, but one who is a keen observer of life—as we all should be—spots the hypocrisy at once. Our Lord Jesus taught, “Judge not according to the appearance, but judge righteous judgment” (John 7:24). O, that people would heed this advice!

Certain ones in our society are always condemning others as racists (an imprecise term as are many of the terms used today to slander one's opponent). Again, if one observes closely, he will note that the accuser is actually guilty of the same racism he condemns in another. Still others accuse their adversaries, who do not condone their abominable life-styles, of hatred. Yet, the very ones judging others for hatred have been guilty of surrounding church buildings during worship services and spewing all kinds of filthy epithets at those inside, boasting that they were coming after their children. Are not such acts as these the real hatred?



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