There’s a woman who wrote a post I was semi-aware of this Summer, but didn’t want to dig deeper into thinking about (because it was ugly). I’d literally just had a baby when I first skimmed her post – and I could only skim it because it was that disturbing to read and think about too much.
In it she tries to get the reader to feel guilty for judging a child molester every time we hear the sordid details come out about how they harmed or killed an innocent child.
Yes, you just read that.
She tries to make the reader feel guilt for judging a person who delights in harming innocent children.
She then goes on to claim that we shouldn’t step into the Judge’s seat regarding these kinds of evil people. She repeatedly says the phrase “Don’t judge…” “Don’t judge…” Telling the reader they have no business judging evil people, even if it’s socially acceptable.
She even goes so far as to ask the reader, who could be a victim of child molestation themselves 😦 , if they REALLY are a “better person” than a child molester.
Her own words:
So we put ourselves firmly in the seat of Judge, and we mete out what we would consider Justice. I have to laugh at the incongruity here, given one of the maxims of our day is “don’t judge”…
“Don’t judge” – unless the person you’re judging is a paedophile.
“Don’t judge” – unless it’s someone who is clearly way worse than you.
“Don’t judge” – unless it’s publicly acceptable to do so.
Do you think you’re better than a paedophile?
That’s not a trick question.
Are you a better person than a paedophile?
She “laughs” at the incongruity of normal people daring to judge a child molester when calling for justice to be done. Why would a Christian laugh at a situation dealing with something so clearly evil, and something we are supposed to view with soberness and yes, we are called to judge and expose evil (Eph 5).
In the comments, when responding to a victim of child molestation 😦 , who obviously was very offended by her suggestions in this post, she defends herself and takes this analogy even further to include other evil acts some humans engage in: killing a police officer – which earns people the death penalty in some states. Don’t judge them, she says. You’re no better as a person, than a cop killer.
Ok, so where does this “you’re no better than a truly evil person” stop with this line of reasoning?
With all the mass murdering happening in the news lately, first the church that was my Uncle and Aunt’s old church being shot up with MANY children and even pregnant women murdered last week, to just this morning hearing of an elementary school being another target of an evil mass murderer. Are we really called to “not judge” evil doers who commit acts like these? Is it really better “to laugh” at the people who DO get angry and voice their sentiments of desiring justice?
Is it even NORMAL for a person to laugh when something like this has happened? Let alone to laugh at people being upset over it?
Let’s apply her spiritual reasoning to that situation, changing the words “pedophile” to “mass murderer:”
Don’t judge… unless it’s a mass murderer.
Do you think you’re better than a mass murderer?
That’s not a trick question.
Are you a better person than a mass murderer?
The details just now coming out of yet another elementary school being shot up with many innocent children being harmed or dying from their injuries, this question (and this blogger or those like her who are trying to get us to subtly feel guilty for righteous anger or judgment) is even more critical think about.
It’s devastating, and yes, people are JUDGING the person who had so much evil inside them, that they carried out an act like this against innocent children. Should there be forgiveness? Yes, eventually. But to tell people not to “judge” an evil doer?
How dare we believe we are a “better person” than someone who did something so truly diabolic right?
I would never “laugh” when reading people responding to an officer being murdered in his patrol car. I would never go to the Widow left behind, or the child of that officer (people I minister to in real life) and try to get them to hear they were “no better” … “as a person” … than their husband or father’s killer. Forgiveness, yes, totally. But even that has to come with lots of time for most victims of that kind of evil. But to try to make them feel “no better” than someone who murdered their husband? No, I wouldn’t dare go there. Sure we all deserve hell. But certain acts are very evil, and no, not all people are equally as evil as some others allow themselves to be.
But since she asks you, if you are in fact, “a better person” than a pedophile, let me extend her question in the wake of this recent new shock to humanity and goodness:
Are you a better person than a mass murderer who kills children while they’re sitting in school?
Well, are you?
For society’s sake, I truly hope you are.
Because of the ugly and dark nature of this post, I had a VERY hard time deciding whether or not to publish it here on my blog. I published it, then deleted it, then published it again, then deleted it again. I literally could not decide how to expose this reasoning, which I believe to be pure evil, without having it pollute my own blog (which is supposed to have a totally different purpose). The evil undertones towards victims of those people who choose to do evil actions toward them in the original woman’s post, are so intensely creepy to me. So it’s not something I’m interested in discussing here, but at the same time, I think the exposure to this kind of false humility (hidden self-righteousness) of Christians telling people not to judge evil doers, is VERY important to be thinking about critically. It is why our society is having such problems with pedophilia – which will soon be seen as “normal.” Telling someone, a victim of child molestation, that they’re “no better” as a person than their molester is setting society up to view pedophilia as acceptable and no longer evil. When we start seeing evil doers as people we “shouldn’t judge” like this woman tells us to, we will see it become normalized. But because of all the above, I don’t have commenting as an option (just too creepy). As Abraham Lincoln said, some truths are “self-evident.”