Blog 1393 – 07.13.2019
Pass Or Fail
Those who do not pass on judgement will not themselves get a pass. That is the gist of Jesus’ words that I quoted a couple of days ago about not judging lest we be judged and that by the same measure that we measure others we ourselves will be measured and judged.
A young woman in a TV series that I have been streaming had compromising pictures on her boyfriends phone hacked and the blackmailer put a teaser photo online (less revealing but still quite suggestive.) The hacker then threatened to put them all online if he did not get what he wanted. The hacker was caught and the pictures destroyed. The girl’s father requested a few minutes with the hacker before he was jailed and you thought that the dad being and ex-marine and first Iraqi War vet (marines, many of them, say once a marine always a marine) might rough up the prisoner for what pain and embarrassment that he had caused his daughter. But instead the next scene has the daughter talking with the hacker saying that she wanted to meet him. He asked her why and she told him because she did not want her opinion of him to be formed by his worse behavior as so many had formed theirs of her. Excellent point, the old “do unto others as you would have them do unto you” golden rule. I think that we could take that one a step further realizing that we have a real connection to everyone and everything and that judging them is truly judging ourselves.
I know many will defend judgement and our juris-prudence system but its biggest flaw is that everyone believes their own judgement is true and without error or prejudice but it is not and so the justice system fails over and over again. There is a case to be made that even the laws thought to be God’s were really just man’s way of trying to ease his conscience and also lord it over those he felt his lessers. Even that “Be fruitful, multiply, and have dominion over everything” sounds more like a man’s idea to me. Everything had no vote in that self-election to top cat, especially the women who were going to bear all those babies.
Many cultures had female deities but there are none in western religions. They even only pay lip service to Jesus’ mom calling her the Mother of God while even then making her out to be rather clueless – “she pondered all those things in her heart.” Many men try to make the woman closest to Jesus, Mary Magdalene, that some think might have even been his wife and co-leader of his movement, into a prostitute. Of that there is no evidence in Scripture just the interpretation of an early Pope that saw all women as temptresses and low unworthy beings with the one exception being Jesus’ unassuming mother.
The early church according to the book of Acts had women evangelists, preachers, and pastors. The unelected Apostle, Paul, himself also a life-long member of the women doubters club, tried to nip that in the bud with his famous quote from one of his letters, “I do not permit a woman to have authority over a man.” And why not Paul, afraid they might do a better job? Indeed they often do, much if not all the time though men usually even then try to take credit for that. “A wise man hired and promoted her didn’t he?”
Out patriarchal system, men in charge, can be blamed for a lot of the ills in the world, not just yesterday but today as well. Women and minorities, which women are definitely not, still do not get equal opportunity nor equal pay for equal work. Women are still judged the weaker sex when the science says otherwise from weaker boy babies to women out living men by many years and having in most cases a greater pain and BS threshold. Even today a bunch of old men are trying to take away a women’s hard won right to decide when and if she has a child. That ole man inspired “Be fruitful, multiply, and have dominion” thing all over again. Amazingly many men today think of girls and women still as breeding stock with no higher purpose than making babies. That is a noble thing but women are capable of much more than birthing and mothering babies. Indeed it seems than anything a man can do a woman can do as well if not better. The real culprit in this keeping women down society is not men as much as it is women who have bought into the lie that they are some how less than a man. As a young man I heard a woman pastor and evangelist tell the joke: “ Do you know what God said after he made man? He said, ‘I can do better than that.’ And he did, He made woman.” Maybe that was no joke. Even the Father Of Soul, James Brown, had to admit in his song “This Is A Man’s World” (It isn’t really) “But it wouldn’t be nothing without a woman or a girl.”
So we will have to give even bad boy James a pass rather than a fail for that astute observation. When we pass judgement on anyone or anything as “less than or unequal to ourself” we fail.
Your friend and fellow traveler,