NLQ Question of the Week: What is Behind All the Judging?

NLQ Question of the Week: What is Behind All the Judging? July 15, 2016

QuestionoftheweekThis is a new series we have started running on Thursdays. Examining some of the questions involving long held Quiverfull theology and life.

Ran across a photo this morning that asks about judging others and what are the real motives or reasons why it occurs. And boy, does it occur in the church. Just one quick gander through the quiverfull blogger blogosphere and you see people, churches, places, ideas, politicians, governments and more meted out harsh judgement and put into a near tidy box (usually filled with hate), categorized and dismissed as lacking.

It’s something we’ve encountered again and again in the writings of those like Nancy Campbell and Michael Pearl, this insistance that judging others is Biblical and Godly, even as the words of Jesus say ‘Judge not, lest ye be judged.’ From here it looks like an enormous disconnect between Jesus and his so-called followers.

Found on Facebook this morning

What is driving this? Is it lack of critical thinking? Hive mind? Intellectual laziness? Are differences that threatening to your world view? Is Jung right?

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  • pagankitty

    I think a lot of it is subconscious fear that they’re not good/godly/happy enough. And thus, the way to show to others and themselves that they are good enough is by proving how terrible everyone else is.

    Basically the Pharisee saying “thank you god for not making me like the tax collector. I am not unholy like him”

  • Mrs. Sunshine

    In 1 Cor 5:12 Paul talks about how it is a believer’s place to be judging those inside the church who are sinning. I think that 1. people make things sins that are not morally wrong (especially these self-appointed ultra-Christians) 2. a lot of Christians really follow Paul’s teachings more than Jesus’. Mainly, people like to feel superior and like they are part of the elite super-godly.

  • AuntKaylea

    I think it is fear driven. Fear that their own beliefs will not withstand scrutiny or challenge. Fear that they are not measuring up to impossible standards. Fear of change. Fear of different. Fear of being seen. Fear of love.

    And the fear makes people either fight (expressed in the irrational anger and hatred) or flee (the radical withdrawal from everything else).

    And yet, the Bible itself tells us that “there is no fear in love” and “perfect love casts out all fear”.

  • Nea

    From here it looks like an enormous disconnect between Jesus and his so-called followers.

    Well it usually is, isn’t it? The words of the Old Testament God or Paul are given far more credence than that mere Jesus guy. HE’S such a wuss that Mikey Pearl compares him to the weakest and least effective of male types.

  • Astrin Ymris

    The root motivation behind the Religious Right is maintaining White Christian Privilege. In order to have privilege, there have to be other people who don’t have it. Labeling other people (and groups) as unworthy sinners helps you justify denying privilege to them.

    The CPM may not believe in evolution, but they’re totally down with Social Darwinism.

  • Abigail Smith

    They think it’s ok to judge if they are the ones doing the judging. But if someone so much as questions them, they cry “persecution”
    So thankful to be free from that hellish thinking…