Matthew 7:1 says, “Judge not, that ye be not judged.”
On the surface, this sounds so easy. Is it not all about “walking in the other person’s shoes”? We know not to judge the poor, the downtrodden, the disabled, and literally everyone we pass on the street. There is however what I call righteous judgment. I think this goes along with the concept of free agency. After all, when our children are young, parents help select companions, schools, clothes, and a myriad of other things. As Scouts age, they use their own agency to not hang out with kids on drugs or kids who are generally up to no good. All Scouts should learn to not judge others unless it is to make them better people.
Author: Joyce Olesen | is a grandmother, mother, and daughter of Scouters. She loves kids, camping, country music and sports cars. Her Dad was a Scout leader in Chicago in the early 1920’s and having only daughters did not bolster his Scouting hopes. As his “Scout” she was tying regulation knots by the time she was 7.