The Sermon on the Mount, Part XXXII of XL
1. "Judge not, that you be not judged.
COMMENTARY: This command has been distorted and absurdly misunderstood to imply that the spiritual person is totally neutral about everything, and especially, everybody. But Jesus himself was certainly not "neutral" when it came to the religious leaders, as is proved by parts of this Sermon, and by his strong criticisms found in Matthew chapter 23, where he expresses anger at their hypocrisy.
The intent of Jesus was not full neutrality, which leads inevitably to antiagapic (counter-Love) complacency and apathy. Rather, the word translated "to judge" implies "forming an evaluation of a person in totality, including her Soul." So, a being of enlightenment can easily say, within this perimeter, "I do not like neo-nazi ideas,," or even, "I do not care for Republican ideas generally." But what a true being of Love and Light can never say is, "She is worthless," or, "She has no good within her." For these are genuine judgments. So is, "He is going to hell," for this "hell" is regarded as a forever-place, an everlasting condition.
To be neutral about everything does not imply that a person is "superspiritual," above it all. In fact, it implies the opposite: A person who simply does not care about others. Far from being complete in Love, a person who is totally neutral-- about political, social, or moral issues-- is misusing and abusing this principle of Jesus to hide her apathy and real lack, or even absence, of true Love. God is absent in this kind of life, for God is Love.
The Sermon on the Mount, Part XXXIII of XL
Continuing with Matthew 7: 2. For with the judgment you pronounce you will be judged, and the measure you give will be the measure you get.
COMMENTARY: This, again, is yet another restatement by the
Master of the most important principle in all spiritual balance-- that of karma. As we give to others, we receive. And even as we think of others, measure them, so we shall be evaluated. The practice of injustice or bigotry will surely return us to a life in which we will be the victims of these exact horrors. If we despise people of a certain race, it is guaranteed that, in our next life, we will come back as a member of that race. If we hate gays, it is guaranteed that we will return with this genetic factor.
3. Why do you see the speck that is in your brother's eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye?
COMMENTARY: Jesus used hyperbole to make an important point: We must each work to redesign personal life. This we can do well only with the aid of God (Love) or Holy Spirit, Christspirit. Your one and only assignment from the cosmic Mind is your life, and mine is mine. The people of Love never try to run the lives of others, to "parentize" other adults. This "interior parent," running rampant, has destroyed many a life!
4. Or how can you say to your brother, 'Let me take the speck out of your eye,' when there is the log in your own eye? 5 You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother's eye.
COMMENTARY: This is a matter of reasonable, logical priority. If each person cleans up her own home and yard, the result is a totally clean community. The same is true spiritually: Each is assigned by God (Love) to adjust and design her personal life to contain and express as much unconditional and universal Love as possible.