Are We Judging Righteous Judgment?

The message of Christ Jesus in his parable of the Pharisee and the publican who went up into the temple to pray applies to all ages with startling directness. Referring to the publican who sought divine mercy, Jesus said, "I tell you, this man went down to his house justified rather than the other: for every one that exalteth himself shall be abased; and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted." It is obvious that we prove the presence of perfection, health, and freedom for ourselves and others proportionately as we demonstrate love and co-operation and cast out the unlovely arguments of prejudice, resentment, and unjust criticism. How careful we should be to guard against these traits in our home, our business, our church!

Moses, the lawgiver, admonished, "Ye shall do no unrighteousness in judgment: thou shalt not respect the person of the poor, nor honour the person of the mighty: but in righteousness shalt thou judge thy neighbour." Does any church worker cherish a feeling of resentment or hurt feelings? Let him strive to establish in his own thinking a true sense of love, loyalty, and a desire to serve, and he will bring into the church the benefit of his own experience. In "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures," Mary Baker Eddy defines "Church" as "the structure of Truth and Love; whatever rests upon and proceeds from divine Principle;" and she adds, "The Church is that institution, which affords proof of its utility and is found elevating the race, rousing the dormant understanding from material beliefs to the apprehension of spiritual ideas and the demonstration of divine Science, thereby casting out devils, or error, and healing the sick."

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