Friday, March 4, 2011

Judging Judging - Matthew 7:1-5

(I preached this sermon February 27, 2011.)

Matthew 7:1-5    
Do not judge others, and you will not be judged. 2 For you will be treated as you treat others. The standard you use in judging is the standard by which you will be judged.
 3 “And why worry about a speck in your friend’s eye when you have a log in your own? 4 How can you think of saying to your friend, ‘Let me help you get rid of that speck in your eye,’ when you can’t see past the log in your own eye? 5 Hypocrite! First get rid of the log in your own eye; then you will see well enough to deal with the speck in your friend’s eye.

One of my favorite podcasts tells of a fictional small town in the northern USA called “Lake Wobegon.”  At the end of every podcast, Garrison Keillor, the story teller, says, “And that’s the news from Lake Wobegon, where all the women are strong, all the men are good looking, and all the children are above average.”
    Think about that.  How can ALL the children be above average?  We have an almost unstoppable tendency to overrate ourselves and our children.  This is called the Lake Wobegon Effect or Illusory Superiority.   Most of us think we are better than most other people.  For example ...

  • 68% of the professors at the University of Nebraska (in the USA) said that they are in the top 25% of professors at University of Nebraska.
  • 87% of the MBA students at Stanford University said they were in the top half of MBA students at Stanford.

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