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Saturday, March 5, 2016

Remedy to Judging Others: SILENCE!

Dietrich Bonhoeffer ran an illegal seminary for men in Nazi occupied territory. He taught his future pastors a great lesson in not judging others, which was running rampant during that awful period in European history. He advised:
When this discipline of the tongue is practiced right from the beginning, each individual will make a matchless discovery. He will be able to cease from constantly scrutinizing the other person, judging him, condemning him, putting him in his particular place where he can gain ascendancy over him and thus doing violence to him as a person. Now he can allow the brother to exist as a completely free person, as God made him to be.
This will work today equally well for everyone, not just seminarians under threat of persecution and death, both men and women alike. I'd say more, something possibly sarcastic or judgmental, but I'm going to practice silence instead.

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