Catholic Minority Report has a video of
Charles Barkley calling conservatives “Fake Christians” and
announcing how proud he is to be pro-gay and pro-abortion.
I heard the clip last night on Hugh
Hewitt’s show with Barkley going on and on that they are fake
Christians because they are commanded not to judge and that they do
indeed judge. Often it seems among those that are of a
liberal persuasion that they only Bible verse they seem to know is the
one about judging others. Often they are all about shades of
gray and nothing being simply black and white, yet when it comes to
this verse they become the most ardent fundamentalist and a “single
Somehow though when they make the claims
of Christians being hypocrites
for judging others is that they never seem to see they irony that they
are judging that Christians are judging others.
I love when Alice Von Hildebrand talks
about here days of teaching in a
university and the conversations she would have with her students.
When one complained that she was judging her she replied “How
dare you judge that I was judging you!”
Now this does not mean that Christians
have blanket approval to judge others. Certainly we can never
make judgments as to someone’s eternal destiny and especially need to
totally avoid rash judgments. As the late and great Fr.
Hardon, S.J. notes:
…Where the rash judgment begins is at
the point where we go beyond the
evidence available to judge the culpability of the action, attribute
evil motives, and decide against the character or moral integrity of
the person whose conduct we observed.
The sinfulness of rashly judging people, therefore, arises from two
sources: the hasty imprudence with which a critical judgment is
reached, and the loss of reputation that the person suffers in our
estimation because we have judged him adversely.
In order to control this inveterate tendency to praise ourselves and
blame others, it is necessary to leave both ourselves and others in
God’s hands and trust that, in the final judgment, the truth will then
appear. Those who deserve to be rewarded will receive the merit they
had earned; those who are to be punished will be visited by their just
deserts. In the meantime, i.e., during our mortal stay on earth, all
definitive judgments about people, whether ourselves or others, are
premature. Only God at the end of time has the right to decide
conclusively about the human heart.
But certainly we must judge the morality
of human acts.
A conscience without judgment is no conscience at all and it
properly formed conscience that is best able to judge. First
foremost we must judge are own moral actions. But it would be
impossible to follow St. Paul’s maxim “”Bad company ruins good morals.”
if we couldn’t judge the actions of others and to determine that they
were bad company. It would also be impossible to pray for the
conversion of others if we could not judge. The Reductio ad
absurdum of this is quite obvious on any serious reflection and Charles
Barkley as a moral theologian is a good basketball player.
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