Did Ed Snowden do the right thing?

Nathan England nathan at nmecs.com
Mon Jun 10 17:11:21 MDT 2013

On Monday, June 10, 2013 06:29:39 PM Daniel C. wrote:
> On Mon, Jun 10, 2013 at 6:17 PM, keith smith <klsmith2020 at yahoo.com> wrote:
> You think this despite the very clear commandment not to judge?

When taken out of context, we are commanded to not judge. I agree completely with you here 
Daniel. The problem is, this verse is almost *always* taken out of context. At the least, no one 
ever reads the rest of the verse or the one after it.

Matthew 7:1
Judge not, that ye be not judged. (2) For with what judgement ye judge, ye shall be judged: 
and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again.

The point is if you are critical of a person for something, other people will be critical of you. It is 
not at all suggesting we should under no circumstances judge things.

Let's say you meet your children at school every day and walk them home. Along that route 
you have an alley you typically cut through as it shortens your distance a great deal. Then one 
day you meet your kids at school and decide to stay to watch some baseball games at the 
school field. When the games are over you walk home. As you start walking down that alley 
that you walk down every day without incidence you notice a group of people that do not look 
very friendly. Do you continue and hope they are nice people? Or do you choose to go the long 
way home?

Did Christ condone judgement when he answered Simon Peter in Luke 7:43 when he told 
Simon "Thou has rightly judged" ? Did he contradict himself?

And Christ said in Luke 12:57 Yea, and why even of yourselves judge ye not what is right?

In Acts 16 a woman named Lydia is baptised and afterwards she says to Paul "if ye have 
judged me faithful" and Paul did not condemn her for accusing him of being judgemental.

And most importantly Christ said to: John 7:24 Judge not according to the appearance, but 
judge righteous judgement.

There is a difference between righteous judgement which Christains are allowed and just being 
nitpicky of another person because of bias or something.
It is a failure in the english language, but one that can be overcome through study of context.


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