I’ve always found it interesting that some of my friends who push Bible quotes the most are the least likely to apply the thought behind the quote. They, do, however, stress that others follow the rules laid out in scripture.
This one has always been the one I see as the most violated:
“Do not judge, or you too will be judged. 2 For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.
3 “Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye? 4 How can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when all the time there is a plank in your own eye? 5 You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.
There are several women, no longer those with whom I elect to associate (they do some really cruel things to others, and are extremely judgmental), who seem to use their religion to conceal their self-righteous attitudes. While still friends with them I was observing a number of behaviors that seemed to be in conflict with what they preached to others, especially their children. In some ways it is very sad because one woman deals with emotional issues, while the other battles extreme weight. I guess I thought this would lead them to be more compassionate, yet, it has worked just the opposite for them.
Both individuals believe it is their duty to solve everyone else’s problems, or point out what others are doing wrong (in their eyes). Quite often, they do not even know the truth about situations, only what they are told, or especially, what they wish to believe.
I doubt they will ever cease these common behaviors as they always must control situations, and others, while continually attempting to mask their true agendas. Both women have left several churches when it becomes clear other parishioners, even church staff, are not going to oblige their soft-shelled bullying. And these women definitely are bullies.
Thankfully, even as college students and teenagers, their own children are not as devious. However, they are being trained by good masters…