Therefore you have no excuse or defense or justification, O man, whoever you are who judges and condemns another. For in posing as judge and passing sentence on another, you condemn yourself, because you who judge are habitually practicing the very same things [that you censure and denounce]. Romans 2:1
People can be so judgemental and self-righteous at times. In Romans 2:1 Paul is not saying that we should not judge, or overlook sins of our brothers, but in this scripture he is referring to the fact that it is wrong to become self-righteous in our judgement of others while you yourself are practicing the same sins that you judge. It is a self-righteous and condemning act. In fact we stand casting stones as though we have no sin, or as though one sin is bigger than another. How about those who outwardly shake their head and wag their finger in judgement at sexual immorality, homosexuality, and fornicators only to find out that they themselves were secretly dealing in porn and adultery. Because they practiced this very same thing they are found guilty as well.
Two men went up into the temple [[i]enclosure] to pray, the one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector.
The Pharisee [j]took his stand ostentatiously and began to pray thus before and with himself: God, I thank You that I am not like the rest of men—extortioners (robbers), swindlers [unrighteous in heart and life], adulterers—or even like this tax collector here. Luke 18:10-11
Can you believe that Pharisee! So self-righteous and judging even in his prayer, that was more to himself than God. This guy was so busy calling out the thieves, adulterers, and even the tax collector that I suppose he didn’t recognize his display of vainglory. He was obviously feeling such pride in his comparison to others that he failed to compare himself with the word of God, which is all that matters. This is a perfect example of what Paul was talking about.
Let me share a personal example with you. My husband and I recently had a disagreement on how to come up with a solution to a problem we had. While doing the course of this escalated discussion we both begin to point the finger and pass judgement on one another, “I do this, and you can’t even do that.” Or ” “I always do such and such, and you’re not doing thus and so” idle chatter right? yes, and to a fault. We were being self-righteous, hypocritical judges focusing on the sin and comparing our so-called right and better behavior. We were both blinded by the beam of timber in our own eyes while trying to remove the speck from each other’s…simply futile.
“Just as some people may conceal their own sinfulness thus seeming better than the norm, others expose their own sinfulness thus seeming worse than the norm.”
― Criss Jami
Be A Blessing!